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Its severe storm surge was inundating coastal communities in southwest Florida, while it unleashed wind gusts over 120 mph. More than 2 million customers were without power Wednesday night, according to PowerOutage.us, which tracks outages across the country, as conditions continued to deteriorate.
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said Wednesday evening the storm is “battering” areas of southwest Florida with flooding and storm surge that likely reached as high as 12 feet. He warned of impacts statewide, including the anticipation of major flooding in central and northeast Florida.
The Atlantic hurricane season
The latest: The 2022 season started out slow, but has rapidly intensified this fall with conditions prime for storms. Fiona brought severe flooding to Puerto Rico before making landfall in Canada, and now we’re tracking Hurricane Ian as it heads for Florida. For the seventh year in a row, hurricane officials expect an above-average season of hurricane activity.
Tips for preparing: We rounded up seven safety tips to help you get ready for hurricanes. Here’s some other guidance about keeping your phone charged and useful in dangerous weather, and what to know about flood insurance.
Understanding climate change: It’s not just you — hurricanes and tropical storms have hit the U.S. more frequently in recent years. And last summer alone, nearly 1 in 3 Americans experienced a weather disaster. Read more about how climate change is fueling severe weather events.