Hurricane Ian slammed into the Florida peninsula, leaving the wharf in a mess.


(Central News Agency) Hurricane Ian swept across the Florida peninsula, causing flooding and millions of people without electricity.

A migrant boat capsized, leaving people missing.

Florida is assessing damage from the strongest storm to hit the continental U.S. in years.

Officials were on alert for any major disaster as floodwaters devastated Florida's coast, Agence France-Presse reported.

The hurricane roared through seaside towns, and communities were bombarded by torrential rain for hours on end.

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Ian has weakened to a tropical storm, which the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said brought "catastrophic flooding" and predicted further "life-threatening" floods, storms in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. tide and strong winds.

The U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) noted that a migrant boat sank during the hurricane, leaving 20 people missing.

Four Cubans swam ashore in the Florida Keys, and the coastguard rescued three.

Ian also endangered Orlando, Fla., and the nearby Disney theme park.

The local Disney theme park is closed for two days.

President Biden has declared a "major disaster" in Florida to use federal funds for disaster relief.

Ian was one of the strongest storms to hit the continental U.S. in recent years, flooding communities and powering more than 2 million homes and businesses, before quickly sweeping across the Florida peninsula to the Atlantic coast, Reuters reported.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center reported that when Ian made landfall on the Florida barrier island Cayo Costa (Cayo Costa) with the power of a Category 4 hurricane on the afternoon of the 28th local time, sustained winds were as high as 241 kilometers per hour.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said an unknown number of people were trapped and chose to stay at home instead of heeding evacuation orders.

After the hurricane passed, residents in the hardest-hit areas began to search for relatives and friends they could not reach early this morning. The roads were full of fallen trees, rubble and power lines.

Terri Byrd was sitting in his car in the parking lot of a Walmart store, trying to make a phone call.

"A lot of trees were blown down, there was flooding everywhere, and we were trying to get in touch with our daughter," she said, who spent the night at an elementary school in Venice.

Hurricane Ian slammed into the Florida peninsula, knocking down trees, power poles, and flooding everywhere.


Hurricane Ian hits the Florida peninsula, causing massive flooding.