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Hurricane Ian with devastating consequences for Florida / People trapped by floods, 2 million left without power

Hurricane Ian with devastating consequences for Florida / People trapped by

Hurricane Ian has wreaked havoc in southwest Florida, trapping people in flooded homes, damaging hospital intensive care units and knocking out power to 2 million people.

One of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit the United States crossed the Florida peninsula overnight Wednesday, threatening catastrophic flooding inland, the National Hurricane Center warned.

Hurricane Ian with devastating consequences for Florida / People trapped by

Ian's landfall strength was Category 4 and strong winds are expected across central Florida today, the Miami-based hurricane center said.

No deaths were reported in the United States from Ian as of yesterday. More than 2 million Florida homes and businesses are without power.

Hurricane Ian with devastating consequences for Florida / People trapped by

The governors of South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia declared states of emergency in advance. Forecasters predicted Ian would turn toward those states as a tropical storm, likely dumping more flooding rains into the weekend.

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