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Hurricane Ian ‘very dangerous’ to hit Florida

Hurricane Ian ‘very dangerous’ to hit Florida

Hurricane Ian, considered “very dangerous,” reached Florida shortly after 9 p.m. (Paris time) on Wednesday, September 28, according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), after already causing “catastrophic” flooding.

As of 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, more than one million homes were without power in Florida, according to the special site. Power shortageIt identifies power interruptions.

At sea, the boat carrying the migrants capsized due to bad conditions, and the coast guard is still searching for 20 missing people, three have been rescued and four managed to swim ashore.

The Meteorological Center of the country has warned that This would be a category 4 hurricane “History”. Sustained gusts of 250 km/h and gusty winds again “higher”Ian has already provoked “Sea Floods, Wind and Catastrophic Floods” In Florida, the National Hurricane Center, NHC, issued its latest bulletin on Wednesday. Then there will be a hurricane “go on land” During the day, and “Emerge over the western Atlantic by Thursday evening”. According to the NHC, 30 to 45 centimeters of rain is expected in central and northeast Florida.

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The tide recedes ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Ian, Sept. 28, in Tampa Bay.

“It’s a big storm”Florida Governor Ron DeSantis told a news conference Wednesday morning that Ian could make landfall as a Category 5 hurricane, the highest category on the Saffir-Simpson scale. “Clearly, this is a very powerful hurricane that will have significant effects.”He argued.

Evacuation orders were issued overnight for a dozen counties along the coast, and according to Ron DeSantis, these were generally followed in these critical areas. “But perhaps not by all”. Warning that the day is about to end “very difficult”The governor asked people not to venture out during the passage of Kanmai storm.

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“When the center of the hurricane is above there is actually a depression. Do you think the storm has passed? This is not the case. She is still very dangerous. »


In Sarasota Bay, September 28, before the arrival of Hurricane Ian.

On Tuesday, Joe Biden also warned that Ian “Could be a very violent hurricane, the impact of which could be devastating and put lives at risk”. The President of the United States has already approved federal emergency aid for 24 of Florida’s 67 counties. Operations have been suspended in areas where cyclones are expected. Tampa Airport, for example, suspended operations Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Pentagon, 3,000 National Guardsmen have been mobilized in Florida and another 1,800 are on the way. NASA had it Its new mega-rocket to the moon was scheduled to lift off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday.

Hurricane Ian, then at Category 3Cuba’s meteorological agency Insmet said the typhoon hit Cuba earlier Tuesday and wreaked havoc in the western part of the country for five hours, moving toward the Gulf of Mexico. Cuban state media reported two people were killed in the western Cuban province of Pinar del Rio and the island was plunged into total darkness. A country of 11.2 million people “Without Electric Service”State power company Union Electrica tweeted.

With the warming of the surface of the oceans, the frequency of more intense hurricanes, stronger winds and more precipitation, increases, but not the total number of hurricanes. The typhoon is also spreading in areas that have been spared so far. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report of August 2021, the proportion of particularly intense hurricanes (categories 4 and 5) should increase by 10% compared to pre-industrial times with +1.5°C warming. , 13% at +2°C and 30% at +4°C.

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In particular, they pose a greater risk to coastal communities affected by tidal inundation events (also known as sea floods) amplified by rising sea levels, causing flooding and salt pollution of land and water.Due to sea level rise and sea flooding, more than a billion people are at risk in coastal cities by 2050. The IPCC says that they will live.

The world with AFP