Ian, now a post-tropical storm, hits South Carolina after Florida

Post-Tropical Storm Ian Hits South Carolina After ;s Florida

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FORT MYERS | Now a post-tropical storm,Ian brought high winds and heavy rain to South Carolina on Friday and threatens to cause a dreaded rise in waters after devastating parts of Florida, where it claimed several lives. 

 It had made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane by early afternoon near Georgetown, South Carolina, accompanied by winds of up to 140 km/h, according to the Miami-based National Hurricane Center.

Ian has become a post-tropical storm “but the threat of dangerous marine submergence, flash flooding and high winds continues,” the organization warned. It now carries winds blowing up to 110 km/h.

Rains and winds have battered the historic city of Charleston in this southern state, and videos of the flooded city of Myrtle Beach have been circulating on social media.

President Joe Biden has urged residents to heed calls for caution from local officials. In particular, the latter urged the population not to drive on the roads invaded by water.

“It's a dangerous storm that will bring high winds and lots of water, but the most dangerous part will be human error. Be smart, make good decisions, check in on loved ones and stay safe,” Governor Henry McMaster tweeted.

Ianis expected to “continue to weaken overnight and dissipate over western North Carolina or Virginia late tomorrow,” Saturday, according to the Hurricane Center. In the meantime, storm warnings are in effect for parts of North Carolina.

“Historic” damage in Florida

In Florida, the authorities have been cautious about the human toll, reporting for the moment 21 deaths, including 20 “unconfirmed” – meaning that it had not yet been established whether they were directly caused by the hurricane. The CNN channel counted 42 deaths, based on information from several local authorities. Contacted by AFP, the emergency services did not react immediately.

As for the material toll, it is “historic” for Florida, the level reached by the rising waters being unprecedented, according to the governor of this state in the south-east of the country, Ron DeSantis.

Streets and homes were flooded and boats moored in marinas were tossed onto land by the storm. In Kissimmee, near Orlando, authorities were crossing flooded areas in boats on Friday to rescue residents trapped in their homes.

In Florida, “we are only just beginning to see the extent of the destruction “, which is “likely to rank among the worst (…) in the history of the nation,” said President Biden during an address.

“It will take months , years to rebuild,” he lamented.

As of Friday afternoon, around 1.6 million customers remained without electricity, according to the PowerOutage site.

Terraces

Still, offering residents a semblance of normalcy between broken trees and shattered facades, a handful of restaurants and bars had reopened in downtown Fort Myers, and dozens of people were seated outside.

< p>“It was pretty terrible, but we held on. The roof of our house blew off, a big tree collapsed on our cars, our garden was flooded, but other than that, it's fine,” said Dylan Gamber, 23, welcoming the solidarity that ruled between neighbors.

According to initial estimates, the passage of Hurricane Ian could cost insurers tens of billions of dollars and will weigh on American growth, in particular due to flight cancellations and damage to production. agriculture.

At the same time, the search continued to find 17 passengers of a migrant boat which capsized on Wednesday near the archipelago of the Keys. 

Rains linked to Hurricane Ian have been increased by at least 10% due to climate change, according to a first rapid study by American scientists made public on Friday. 

“Climate change does not didn't cause the hurricane, but it did make it wetter,” said Michael Wehner of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, part of the US Federal Department of Energy, one of the scientists who participated in this study.

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Before Florida, Ianstruck Cuba, killing three people and causing extensive damage and leaving many homes without power.

President Joe Biden has urged residents to heed calls for caution local authorities. In particular, the latter urged the population not to drive on the roads invaded by water.

“It's a dangerous storm that will bring high winds and lots of water, but the most dangerous part will be human error. Be smart, make good decisions, check in on loved ones and stay safe,” Governor Henry McMaster tweeted. between Friday and Saturday, according to the Hurricane Center.

In Florida, the human toll from the passage of Ian was still very preliminary, with authorities reporting 21 deaths, including 20 “unconfirmed”, meaning that it had not yet been established whether they were directly caused by the hurricane.

As for the material toll, it is “historic” for Florida, the level reached by the rising waters being unprecedented, according to the governor of this state in the south-east of the country, Ron DeSantis.

Des streets and houses were flooded and boats moored in marinas were tossed onto land by the storm. On Friday, in Kissimmee, not far from Orlando, the authorities crossed the flooded areas in boats to rescue residents trapped in their homes.

In Florida, “we are just beginning to see the extent of the destruction,” President Biden said in a speech. “She is likely to rank among the worst (…) in the history of the nation.”

Cost to the economy

“You've all seen it on TV, houses and property destroyed. It will take months, years to rebuild. And our hearts go out to all those people whose lives have been absolutely devastated by the storm,” Biden said. “We will do everything we can for you,” he said to Floridians.

As of Friday afternoon, around 1.8 million customers remained without electricity, according to the PowerOutage site.

Even so, offering residents a semblance of normalcy between broken trees and shattered facades, a handful of restaurants and bars had reopened in downtown Fort Myers.

Dozens of people were seated on the terrace under a now radiant sun.

“It was pretty terrible, but we held on. The roof of our house blew off, a big tree collapsed on our cars, our garden was flooded, but other than that, it's fine,” said Dylan Gamber, 23, welcoming the solidarity that reigned among neighbours.

According to initial estimates, the passage of Hurricane Iancould cost insurers up to $47 billion and will weigh on US growth, notably due to power cuts, flight cancellations and damage to agricultural production.

Joe Biden has indicated that they wanted to go to Florida as soon as possible, but also to the American territory of Puerto Rico, recently devastated by hurricane Fiona

At the same time, research was continuing to find 17 passengers on a migrant boat that capsized on Wednesday near the Keys archipelago. 

According to a first rapid study by American scientists made public on Friday, the rains linked to Hurricane Ian have been increased by at least 10% due to climate change. 

“Climate change did not cause the hurricane, but it made it wetter,” explained Michael Wehner of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, part of the US Federal Department of Energy, one of the scientists who participated in this study.

Before Florida, Ian had hit Cuba, causing three deaths and extensive damage and leaving many homes without power.