Posted BY: Cristina Laila
Approximately 1.6 million customers in Florida are without power after Hurricane Ian made landfall Wednesday.
Hurricane Ian made landfall on Florida’s west coast on Wednesday as a category 4 storm.
The eye of the storm hit Cape Coral Wednesday with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour.
Governor DeSantis said the storm surge has likely peaked but the storm is still making its way across the state.
“DeSantis said he had sent a letter to the Biden administration for a major disaster declaration for all of Florida’s 67 counties requesting the federal government does a 100% reimbursement up front for 60 days to help the state move forward with its response and recovery phase.” Fox News reported.
“You’re going to see hurricane-force winds in places in central Florida,” DeSantis said. “It’s clearly a very strong tropical storm all the way until it exits the Florida peninsula in the Atlantic Ocean.”
Award-winning storm chaser Jeff Piotrowski posted a Livestream of the eye wall in Punta Gorda:
The storm surge in Fort Meyers was over 9 feet.
Fort Meyers Beach was flooded by Wednesday afternoon.
Houses in Fort Meyers are underwater: