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Florida's governor: Historic damage caused by "Ian"

Created: 09/29/2022 Updated: 09/29/2022, 4:35 p.m

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During the initial impact of Hurricane Ian in central Florida, people could still be seen on the streets. © Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/AP/dpa

The full extent of the storm damage in Florida is not yet known. But one thing is already certain: They are huge.

Tallahassee/Washington – Hurricane “Ian” caused severe damage in the US state of Florida. “The impact of this storm is historic,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday. “And the damage that has been caused is historic.” This is only based on the first estimates, the full extent will only be foreseeable in the coming days.

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Brianna Renas inspects a fallen palm tree in front of her home in Cape Coral. © Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times/AP/dpa

“We’ve never seen flooding like this before,” DeSantis said. “We have never seen a storm surge of this magnitude.” So far, however, there have been no confirmed deaths.

Only two deaths are currently known, and it is not yet clear whether they were directly related to the storm, said the Republican. As soon as emergency services can advance to the most affected areas, there will be more clarity. Rescue operations are underway, including with helicopters.

“Ian” made landfall on Wednesday as one of the strongest hurricanes in Florida history, causing violent winds, heavy rain and storm surges. The storm then weakened as it made its way into inland Florida. However, DeSantis warned that the situation was still dangerous. dpa

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