Two Million Out of Power and 11 Confirmed Dead in Florida post-Ian

High tide and heavy rainfall, flooding in the southwest of Florida, and the death toll of 11 and rising are all due to the destructive storm currently heading North. Two million residents are out of power, and bridges and roads have been ruined by Ian as of Thursday afternoon. Florida governor DeSantis has asked the people for help, specifically in money. Gov. DeSantis and Mrs. DeSantis have raised about $1.6 million within 24 hours.

Ian hit Florida as a Category 4 hurricane but soon unleashed all of its power on Florida and shrunk back to a tropical storm. It will now ascend the Atlantic Coast as a Category 1 hurricane, with South Carolina next on the place to be hit.

Many with relatives in Florida are worried due to the devastation being observed in Florida. Some have driven as far north as Virginia. Ft. Myers was completely flooded due to the storm surge, and it will probably take more than $1.6 million to fix the whole city. Whether a conservative state like Florida will accept federal aid is an interesting political question. In the meantime, folks in Florida are cleaning up the aftermath of Ian, one broken siding at a time.

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Category 4 Hurricane Ian Hits Florida Leaving at least One Million Residents Without Power

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Ian is a hurricane 4 category as of Today in Florida, and it has hit US Mainland and heading North. Ian left Cuba leaving the whole nation completely blacked out before landing in Florida today afternoon. The National weather services and local authorities have advised residents to stay in safe shelters and follow its directions.

Hurricane Ian made landfall Wednesday in southwest Florida, Fort Myers area as the most powerful storm ever recorded in U.S. history. Big trees are being uprooted and street signs are lifted by the gust. “The storm’s eyewall center moved ashore at 3:05 p.m. and is expected to cause life-threatening storm surge, catastrophic winds, and flooding in the Florida peninsula.” according to WYFF4.com. The Lee county jail didn’t follow the evacuation order. And a meteorologist predicted that the jail location will be hit directly by this storm. Some residents who were affected are hunkering down at their homes in the dark tonight.

A quick loss of its intensity is predicted Wednesday night to Thursday morning as Ian slows down and moves further inland over Florida. Although Ian lost its power, rainfall and flooding are expected along the trail until next Tuesday.

“No matter how quickly Ian loses wind intensity after moving inland, tropical rainfall is forecast to impact more than half a dozen states into Saturday,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Courtney Travis said.

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Hurricane Ian to be Category 4

After a long weekend of gloomy sky in Northeast US, Ian continues to gather power to rule over the east coast very soon. According to Accuweather.com, “forecasters caution that… the storm’s strength and ability to stay organized had been hindered by persistent wind shear, which frequently limits the [strengthening] of tropical systems. However, that has recently changed, with intense thunderstorms now developing around the storm’s center, a sign of intensification.”

It has left traces from the Caymen Islands to Cuba, and it has gained more power for an uptick in heading North, and forecasters predict that Ian will land on the Florida panhandle on Tuesday. In anticipation of the rainfall and landfall impacts, Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach announced a mandatory campus closure and evacuation for Monday. In Tempa, Hillsborough County Public School, and Government offices will be closed for this week.

Coastal flooding and high water surge are expected to be 6-10 feet in the Tempa Bay area, according to AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski. “By Tuesday, Ian may be a dangerous major hurricane,” meteorologist Douty cautioned.

Florida Governor DeSantis instituted a state of emergency, and mandatory evacuation orders were issued. Hundreds of Thousands of Floridians are currently evacuating from their homes an into safety shelters. Ian’s current category as a category 2 hurricane will likely upgrade to a category 3 as soon as it lands in the panhandle. It will be a category 4 hurricane by Wednesday at 8 a.m. The hurricane is expected to bring heavy rainfall, flash flooding, thunderstorms, and tornadoes from Florida to Georgia, Carolinas, and Virginia.

Hurricane Ian climbs up to the North with 100 mph wind as of September 26. Ian will wreak havoc from Sep 24 to Oct 3 upon the Caribbean Islands, the Gulf of Mexico, and the US east coast. It has already left a devastating impact on the few million islanders in the Caribbean.

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Water crisis in Mississippi Worsens

A recent climate change hit Southern U.S. harshly, especially along the Mississippi River and states bordering it, ironically leading to heavy rainfalls and floods but also leading to a shortage of drinking water.

The city of Jackson in Mississippi has been severely damaged by the heavy floods that led to the malfunctioning of the water treatment plant and lowered water pump system. As of August 31, most of the city’s 150,000 residents were out of safe water to drink, wash, and flush. The Mississippi Governor, Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency. He warned that there wasn’t enough running water “to fight fires, to reliably flush toilets and to meet other critical needs,” and ” It’s not clear when the city will have safe drinking water again,”.

The population of the city of Jackson is more than 80% black and they are living below the national poverty line. Thus, there is not much revenue for reviving these failed infrastructures.  Some elementary school students in this region go to another school due to a lack of water supply for the student’s basic needs.

Mississippi Department of Health posted on its Twitter account saying that “Jackson water is at risk for contamination. For safety, disinfect water by bringing it to a rolling boil for at least a minute, and using it when it cools for drinking, cooking, baby formula, and brushing teeth.”

The freshwater flood contains lots of unwanted blockages for the filtering system and it leads to slower flow into the water treatment system. Recent torrential rain in August flooded Mississippi’s Pearl River and Ross R. Barnett Reservoir providing the city of Jackson with bottleneck conditions. This contaminated water from the flood is not easy to treat with chemicals, and it takes a long time to get this done right.

Until then the Jackson residents have to boil water for more than 1 minute for their basic needs or wait in line to get some bottled water, that which is also seeing a shortage in supplies.

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