Ian arrives in Florida as a ‘extremely dangerous’ Category 4 hurricane, causing heavy flooding

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Hurricane Ian reached western Florida on Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of more than 240 km/h, causing catastrophic flooding in several coastal locations.

Ian made landfall near Key Coastin the southwest of the peninsula, as a hurricane ‘Very dangerous’ at 3:05 pm local time (7:05 pm GMT), according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC).

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The hurricane caused a storm surge that extended several meters that inundated large areas of the southwest coast of Florida.

“that it One of the five worst hurricanes to hit FloridaFlorida Governor Ron DeSantis said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

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