Hurricane Ian Updates

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Resources for Florida Counties Under
Presidential Disaster Declaration (PDD)

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Presidential Disaster Declaration (PDD)

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Sep. 23

Hurricane Ian formed as a tropical storm.

Sep. 26

Becomes a hurricane.

Sep. 27

Landfall in western La Coloma, Cuba. as a category 3 storm.

  • Winds around 115 miles per hour (mph)

  • Knocked out power to the whole island

Sep. 28

Landfall in Cayo Costa, southwestern Florida as a category 4 storm

  • Sustained winds of 150 mph

  • One of the strongest storms to hit the US in modern history

  • Highest storm surge reaching 12-18 feet where it made landfall

Sep. 29

Weakened to a tropical storm.

  • Dropped up to 15-17 inches of rain in 24 hours in some places

  • Caused sustained coastal and inland flooding and inundation

  • 4 million customers lost power in Florida

Sep. 30

Strengthened into a category 1 storm.

  • Landfall in Georgetown, South Carolina Sep. 30th afternoon

  • 1.1 million customers lost power in the Carolinas

Damages to Date

  • $1.2 billion in grants, loans, and insurance disbursed so far in Florida

  • $67 billion Insured losses

  • $1.56 billion agricultural losses in Florida

  • $100 billion total economic losses exceeding

Hurricane Ian At a Glance

Hurricane Ian Updates

Damage Assessments Continue. One Community Survived Ian Unscathed 

10/07/2022 10:35 AM EST

Coastal Virginia avoided major flooding forecasted earlier this week due to changes in the wind direction.

 

President Biden toured many storm-ravaged areas of Florida on Wednesday. He spoke at a press conference with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis where they both stated the magnitude of the storm and necessary recovery efforts. Both praised the other for their efforts and made clear Florida would get all the aid needed to rebuild stronger.

 

As power is finally restored to some of the last Florida residents, many communities are still assessing the exact extent of the damage. Some inland areas or areas not under high flood risk lacked flood insurance and face difficult rebuild with no payouts. 

 

Among all this damage, one community demonstrates a possible version of a sustainable future. Babcock Ranch, Florida is a planned community located 30 miles inland from Florida’s west coast and is designed to withstand large hurricanes. Its solar arrays kept the lights on, and house infrastructure design kept the winds and flooding at bay. While this level of investment may be out of reach for many Florida communities, it serves as a test site for strategies that could be implemented across the state to increase their resilience to future storms.

Florida Still Flooding; Virginia is Inundated; Cuba Asks for Aid

10/02/2022 9:45PM EST

 

A phenomenon known as “Compound Flooding” is causing many inland and coastal Florida communities to remain flooded or become flooded again after initial flooding recedes. This is the result of blocked river flows from initial flooding which leads to large amount of discharge and drainage post disaster which can then cause water to build up or be pushed back upriver.

 

Updates as of Sunday Evening:

 

  • Around 720,000 people still lack power in Florida

  • The death toll in from Hurricane Ian has risen to 80 in Florida and 4 in North Carolina

  • Many barrier islands, including Pine Island, still lack power, water, or any overland connection to the mainland

  • Damage to the sewer system in central Florida is causing Orlando residents to have to conserve water

  • Many counties in Florida remain under a “Boil Water Notice” to make water safe to drink

 

Virginia is seeing sustained rain, inundating the ground, and prolonging the risk of flooding. Some coastal areas in Virginia will experience extreme high tides in the early morning at around 3 feet over baseline, around the levels seen there during Hurricane Sandy. Coastal and low-lying areas have closed schools for Oct. 3 and major cities and counties have closed facilities and warned residents.

 

In the aftermath Hurricane Ian, Cuba’s government has asked the United States for aid. Tensions are high in Cuba as the lack of power throughout the island, caused by the hurricane, has heightened frustrations over underlying struggles of lack of food, fuel, and medicine. Cuba stated it would utilize U.S. aid to bolster emergency management measures including hospitals, water pumping stations, and sanitation. However, Cuba’s crackdown on protestors is not helping their case for aid in this new period of engagement with the U.S. Stronger U.S.-Cuba relations and aid could prove vital for Cuba if it is to address the underlying stressors and vulnerable infrastructure systems exposed by Hurricane Ian.

Ian’s Second Landfall

10/01/2022 10:10 PM EST

 

Flood warnings remained in parts of Florida as South Carolina received a revived but stunted category 1 Ian with 50-80 mph sustained winds.

 

  • As of Friday evening, 200,000 homes and business were without power in South Carolina.

  • 157,000 customers are out of power in NC

  • Myrtle Beach, South Carolina saw the largest storm surges

  • 2 inches of rain and heavy winds across the piedmont region caused flooding as well as uprooted trees and downed powerlines

 

Despite being a weaker storm than when it hit Florida, Ian still caused some coastal destruction in South Carolina as well as treacherous inland conditions from the heavy winds and rains.

 

Estimates of over $100 billion in damages including $63 billion in privately insured losses place Hurricane Ian in the company of the most costly US storms including Hurricane Andrew at $55.7 billion and Katrina at $163 billion, adjusted for inflation.

 

As communities continue to assess the damages and begin recovery, many residents will experience intense hardship from lack of insurance coverage to sheer insurmountable costs. Damages in some areas are total and will require not only serious financial aid but also public discourse and planning to determine how they should rebuild that is economically responsible in the face of similar storms. Care is needed to ensure a Just long-term recovery that helps Florida communities become more resilient to a changing world.

Hurricane Ian Overwhelms Florida

10/01/2022 9:10 AM EST

 

Hurricane Ian touched every person, place, and thing in Florida in one of the most engulfing hurricanes to make landfall in Florida in recent memory. 

 

Before it hit Florida, Hurricane Ian trudged over western Cuba as a category 3 storm. It left the entire island of 11 million without power, flooded the coasts with rain and storm surge, and destroyed large areas of cropland that were producing Cuba’s main export, tobacco.

 

Ian strengthened into a category 4 storm before making landfall on the south-central west coast of Florida and bringing  12-18 feet of storm surge throughout Gasparilla Sound and Charlotte Harbor which lay behind it.

 

Rain totals averaging between 9 and 16 inches in less than two days flooded inland Florida counties like Orange County with similar severity.

 

As of this morning, 1.3 million Floridians still did not have power. Latest counts have at least 34 people as confirmed to have been killed by the storm in Florida. Satellite imagery shows over 80,000 properties affected by the flood waters.

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Fort Meyer Beach, FL, on September 29, 2022. Source: ABC 7