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Hurricane Ian drops to Category 1, but Florida floods are expected to continue

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Hurricane Ian drops to Category 1, but Florida floods are expected to continue

Hurricane Ian became a Category 1 storm on Thursday as it moved through central Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm’s sustained winds are below 144 km/h.

Now, the hurricane is about 112 km south of Orlando. East-central Florida, including Orlando, is also under tornado surveillance.

Also according to the entity, major floods are foreseen, which can generate risk of death to the population, in the central region. The northern part of the state, in addition to southeastern Georgia and eastern South Carolina, are also expected to be affected.

Faced with the phenomenon, more than 2.3 million people are without power in Florida, according to the PowerOutage.us. In the hardest-hit southwest region, ten counties reported that more than 50% of tracked customers were without power. Eight more counties in southwest, central and northeast Florida reported that more than 10,000 customers did not have the service.

Hurricane Ian officially made landfall off the southwest coast of Florida at around 4:05 pm ET, with winds approaching 241 km/h — a Category 4 storm.

It later dropped to category 3, with maximum sustained winds of 201 km/h. Around 23:00 in Brasília, it reached category 2 with maximum winds of 168 km/h.

Source: CNN Brasil

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