- Hurricane Ian is making landfall as a Category 4 storm in Florida with catastrophic storm surge.
- More than 1 million customers are without power in the state.
- Photos are showing some of the first impacts as the storm approaches land.
Hurricane Ian made landfall along Florida’s southwest coast near Cayo Costa around 3:05 p.m. Wednesday. Photos out of Florida are showing some of the first impacts in the state brought by the Category 4 hurricane.
Sanibel Island, where a rare “Extreme Wind Warning” has been issued by the National Weather Service, has clocked wind gusts up to 98 mph. Cape Coral was seeing sustained winds of 92 mph, with gusts over 100 mph.
Photos show a blowout tide which occurred in Tampa Bay Wednesday morning, with water from the bay pushed out to sea. Storm surge began along Florida’s coast by Wednesday afternoon, with Naples, Florida, measuring more than 6 feet of storm surge, higher than any storm surge in that location in at least 50 years. The gauge that was measuring surge in Naples has since broken.
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Other images show damage from a possible tornado spawned by Ian Tuesday evening, which damaged planes at North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines, Florida, as well as damage from a possible tornado in Delray Beach.
The storm is expected to bring catastrophic storm surge as well as damaging winds and flooding rain upon landfall. It will make a second landfall along the U.S. Southeast Coast by Friday.
Click through the slideshow above to see how the storm is impacting Florida.
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