June 3, 2023

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LIVE – Hurricane Ian in Florida: “catastrophic flooding”, one million homes without power

IAN becomes a Category 3 hurricane

Previously classified as a Category 4, out of 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), Ian is now a Category 3, but remains destructive.

Fort Myers is in the heart of the hurricane

A reporter for The Weather Channel filmed Hurricane Ian as it tore through downtown Fort Myers. More than 1.5 million households are without electricity.

3 meters of flooding in Fort Myers

According to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the floodwaters could exceed 3 meters at times. In Fort Myers, the flooding was so severe that some neighborhoods looked like lakes.

High winds in Punta Gorda

Captured by this amateur meteorologist, you can see the force of the wind blowing through the streets of a Florida city. Peaks of 241 kmph have been recorded.


According to this special reporter from the Weather Channel, the images we see in the video are images from a camera placed 1.80m above the street in Fort Myers and images of submersion.

One million homes without electricity

More than a million homes are already without power in Florida as Hurricane Ian reaches Category 4.

A very powerful hurricane

With sustained winds of 150 miles per hour (241 km/h), Hurricane Ian is already the 5th most powerful hurricane to ever hit US coasts.


TF1’s special correspondent was in Fort Myers just hours before Hurricane Ian made landfall in this part of Southwest Florida.

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Record water levels

Ian is producing record water levels, already surpassing Hurricane Irma, which caused more than $100 billion in damage in Florida in 2017.

On Charlie’s Trail

Hurricane Ian looks set to follow the same path as its predecessor Charlie in 2004, but looks more powerful, analyzes Etienne Kapikian, forecaster of Météo France. Charlie was directly or indirectly responsible for the deaths of 29 people in Florida.

In the eye of the hurricane

Seconds above the eye of Hurricane Ian as it makes landfall in Florida.

Ian reached Florida

The National Hurricane Center has announced Ian’s landfall in Florida, which is classified as a category 4 and considered extremely dangerous. The hurricane, with sustained winds of 230 km/h, made landfall on the US coast in Cayo Costa.


The French Consulate in Florida, located in Miami, is preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Ian.

In Cuba

Before reaching Florida, the hurricane had already passed through Cuba, causing significant damage in the west and power outages across the island.

“Catastrophic” floods

Hurricane Ian caused “catastrophic” flooding as it approached Florida, where the Coast Guard began operations to find 23 migrants missing at sea.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) estimated in its latest newsletter that the hurricane, which will carry sustained winds of 250 km/h and even more “strong” hurricane force, will “cause sea inundation, wind and catastrophic flooding on the Florida peninsula.”

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Sarasota, first damage

The first AFP photos from the coastal city of Sarasota are category 4 as Hurricane Ian makes landfall in Florida.

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Hours before Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida, thousands of residents in the most threatened areas were evacuated.


Video - Hurricane Ian: In Florida, thousands of people evacuated

The migrants were lost at sea

The US Coast Guard has launched a search for 23 missing migrants as Hurricane Ian makes landfall in Florida.

“Four Cuban migrants swam ashore after their boat capsized due to bad weather. Coast Guard Southeast Division engaged in search and rescue of 23 persons,” the tweet read. Walter Schlosser, Chief of the Miami Sector Border Patrol.

“Historic” storm

Hurricane Ian is already causing “catastrophic sea level, wind and flooding” in Florida, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest bulletin.

A Category 4 hurricane is imminent on the west coast of the Florida peninsula, and the National Weather Service has warned that the storm could be historic.