Hurricane Ian: Visuals show reporter getting swept away, sharks swimming in streets [Watch]
Dubbed as one of the most powerful storms recorded in the United States, Hurricane Ian battered the Florida coast on Wednesday, unleashing torrential rains and howling winds. Videos from the superstorm displayed reporters getting swept away by the gusty wind and sharks swimming in the city streets after they were washed ashore.
Checkout some of the visuals captured by locals in the area:
WATCH: Weatherman Jim Cantore is nearly blown away while reporting on Hurricane Ian pic.twitter.com/BKV90AFhxG— BNO News (@BNONews) September 28, 2022
A category 4 superstorm battered the coast with winds blowing at the speed of 241 kilometres per hour (kmph). Over 1.8 million people in Florida were without electricity, as per PowerOutage.us. Just about every household and business in three counties was without electricity, AP reported.
We were in the eye wall of Cat. 4 #Hurricane #Ian for over 5 hours and the back side was the worst.— Mike Seidel (@mikeseidel) September 29, 2022
I haven't experienced anything close to this in over 30 years @weatherchannel pic.twitter.com/wfEqcuEBAm
Electric transformers were blown up by the hurricane and sparks lighted up the Florida sky in a visuals.
Transformers blowing all around us,lighting up the sky taking out communications and electricity. I just took this video seconds ago #bradentonfl #hurricaneian @CNNweather @CNNweather @cnnbrk pic.twitter.com/0cDfseLolx— Derek Van Dam (@VanDamCNN) September 28, 2022
Ahead of making landfall in Florida coast, the superstorm previously struck Cuba, killing two people. It also brought down the country’s electrical grid, leaving behind 11 million people with no power.
US border authorities reported that 20 Cuban migrants were missing after their boat sank off the Florida coast as the hurricane Ian proceeded towards the coastline.
As the hurricane Ian caused massive floods everywhere in Florida, the federal government deployed 300 ambulances along with medical teams and was all set to provide 3.7 million meals and 3.5 million liters of water once the storm passes.
President Joe Biden guaranteed citizens that the administration will "be there to help you clean up and rebuild, to help Florida get moving again." He added, “We’ll be there every step of the way. That’s my absolute commitment to the people of the state of Florida.”