Hurricane Ian makes landfall in Florida as category four storm brings catastrophic winds and flooding

Hurricane Ian has made landfall in southwestern Florida bringing howling winds, torrential rain and catastrophic flooding.

About 2.5 million residents along Florida’s gulf coast were ordered to evacuate, with those that chose to remain now facing one of the most dangerous storms to hit the US in decades.

The category four storm made landfall just after 3pm on Wednesday (local time), with wind speeds exceeding 240 kilometres an hour.

Hurricane Ian’s wind speeds puts it just shy of a category five storm – the most severe classification on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

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Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

I have 26 years of experience as a professional writer and editor and have been working as a full time freelancer since 2011. I am originally from Casablanca, Morocco, and I graduated from Qatar University with a degree in journalism. I have worked for newspapers, magazines, news agencies, websites. I speak fluent Arabic, French, English, Russian and Spanish.

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