Trees, cars, roads and entire homes have been destroyed or washed away by catastrophic floods in Florida.
Hurricane Ian hit the southwest part of the state yesterday afternoon. The category four storm has now been downgraded to category one but not before it wreaked complete havoc.
No deaths in the US were reported as of the end of yesterday but the storm previously tore into Cuba, killing two people and bringing down the country’s electrical grid.
A boat carrying Cuban migrants has sank east of Key West, with up to 20 people missing.
The US coastguard were able to find three survivors while four others managed to swim to Stock Island, just east of Key West.
The hurricane brought torrential rain leaving American neighbourhoods underwater.
Pictures show terrifying scenes, with areas unrecognisable after being completely submerged in water.
Ian’s rain was accompanied by 150mph winds which earned Hurricane Ian a tie with the fourth-strongest storm to ever hit the US – 2004’s Hurricane Charley.
Charley made landfall in a spot extremely close to Hurricane Ian, on August 14 of that year, in Florida.
This storm also brought 150mph winds but its eye was smaller than Ian’s and Charley ultimately caused less damage.
Ian dropped in strength to 90mph winds as it moved overland last night.
But more than two million Florida homes and businesses were left without electricity.
The storm is currently travelling towards South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia – where all governors have declared states of emergency.
Forecasters predicted Ian will hit those states as a tropical storm, likely dumping more flooding rains into the weekend.
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