Downgraded to post-tropical cyclone, Ian has already caused at least 42 deaths in Florida

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Now downgraded to the category of post-tropical cyclone, Ian has already caused the death of at least 42 people in Florida, in the United States. This Friday (30), the phenomenon hit the state of South Carolina.

The initially named Hurricane Ian left a trail of destruction wherever it passed in Florida. In the coastal area, houses were washed out to sea. Across the state, buildings were destroyed and floodwaters toppled homes and businesses and left people stranded, even inland. Record floods were recorded in central and northern Florida.

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The US Coast Guard has carried out more than 275 rescues in Florida, Rear Admiral Brendan McPherson told CNN . Considering all types of rescue, there were more than 700 calls until Thursday (29), according to the local government.

On Friday night alone, local time, Florida recorded about 1.6 million calls for power outages, according to a specialized website.

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Estimates show that Hurricane Ian has already caused at least $47 million in damages in Florida alone. This amount puts him in second place in the list of those that caused the most losses in the state. Hurricane Andrew caused estimated damages of US$ 55.7 billion in 1992, in values ​​adjusted for the inflation of the period.

President Joe Biden continued to pledge federal support to Florida as it deals with the devastation caused by the storm, which he said “will likely rank among the worst in the country’s history.”

“We are just beginning to see the scale of this destruction,” Biden said, adding that the largest team of search and rescue specialists “in recent history” has been deployed to the state. “It will take months, years to rebuild.”

there are still risks

The United States National Weather Service (NWS) said in a social media post that despite Ian’s downgrade from hurricane to post-tropical cyclone, risks still exist.

Earlier this Friday night, the winds were approximately 110 km/h, according to the agency.

“The so-called post-tropical cyclone Ian will continue to bring heavy rainfall and potential flash floods to parts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia at least tomorrow [sábado, dia 1º] in the morning,” wrote the NWS.

*With input from Jason Hanna, Elizabeth Wolfe, Alaa Elassar and Taylor Ward

Source: CNN Brasil

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