Hurricane Ian makes landfall in southwest Florida

About 2.5 million people had been ordered to evacuate.

September 29, 2022 01:13 am | Updated 10:58 am IST - St Petersburg

Palm trees blow in the wind from Hurricane Ian on September 28, 2022 in Sarasota, Florida.

Palm trees blow in the wind from Hurricane Ian on September 28, 2022 in Sarasota, Florida. | Photo Credit: AFP

Hurricane Ian made landfall in southwest Florida near Cayo Costa on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, as a massive Category 4 storm.

About 2.5 million people had been ordered to evacuate southwest Florida before the storm hit the coast with maximum sustained winds of 150 miles per hour. The storm was heading inland, where it was expected to weaken, but residents in central Florida could still experience hurricane-force winds.

Before making its way through the Gulf of Mexico to Florida, Hurricane Ian tore into western Cuba as a major hurricane Tuesday, killing two people and bringing down the country's electrical grid.

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