How Hurricane Ian compares to prior devastating storms that hit Florida

How Hurricane Ian compares to prior devastating storms that hit Florida

Hurricane Ian is barreling toward Florida’s west coast, bringing with it the threat of “catastrophic” winds and storm surge as it verges on becoming a Category 5 storm. The big picture: Only four hurricanes on record have made landfall in the U.S. with maximum sustained winds of greater than 155 mph, per Philip Klotzbach, a…

Florida Hit With Tornadoes Hours Before Hurricane Ian Set to Make Landfall

Florida Hit With Tornadoes Hours Before Hurricane Ian Set to Make Landfall

Eight tornadoes touched down in Florida on Tuesday night, just hours before Hurricane Ian is expected to make landfall in the state.The National Weather Service (NWS) in both Miami and Tampa Bay issued several tornado warnings as Hurricane Ian continued to travel closer to the state. In a tweet, the National Weather Service in Miami…

Florida Man Wakeboards Down Flooded Street as Hurricane Ian Gets Closer

Florida Man Wakeboards Down Flooded Street as Hurricane Ian Gets Closer

Social media users have chimed in after a Florida man was filmed wakeboarding in the streets as Hurricane Ian quickly approaches.The video, shared to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, shows a man in a long sleeve shirt and shorts wakeboarding behind a pickup truck as it drives through the flooded streets of Marathon in the Florida…

Pollution from Florida mining a concern with Hurricane Ian

Pollution from Florida mining a concern with Hurricane Ian

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The polluted leftovers of Florida’s phosphate fertilizer mining industry, more than 1 billion tons in “stacks” that resemble enormous ponds, are at risk for leaks or other contamination when Hurricane Ian comes ashore in the state, environmental groups say.Florida has 24 such phosphogypsum stacks, most of them concentrated in mining…

Hurricane Ian nears Florida coast, threatening floods, winds

Hurricane Ian nears Florida coast, threatening floods, winds

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (AP) — Hurricane Ian’s most damaging winds began hitting Florida’s southwest coast Wednesday, lashing the state with heavy rain and pushing a devastating storm surge after strengthening to just shy of the most dangerous Category 5 status.Fueled by warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico, Ian grew to a catastrophic Category 4…

Hurricane Ian scours Cuba, roars toward Florida as Cat 4 storm

Hurricane Ian scours Cuba, roars toward Florida as Cat 4 storm

Hurricane Ian tore into western Cuba on Tuesday as a major hurricane, with nothing to stop it from intensifying into a catastrophic Category 4 storm before it hits Florida, where officials ordered 2.5 million people to evacuate before it crashes ashore Wednesday.Ian made landfall at 4:30 a.m. EDT Tuesday in Cuba’s Pinar del Rio province, where officials…