Hurricane Yan flooded some areas of west coast of Florida with Storm surges rise 18 feet above ground level as they moved across the peninsula after making landfall Wednesday afternoon, National Hurricane Center (NHK) said.
Why is it important: Such high numbers of waves – from 12 to 18 feet – would be unprecedented. for in region and some of in highest on record in United States
- “Ian hits the Florida peninsula with catastrophic storm surge, winds and flooding,” the NHC said in a statement. in 5:00 pm ET update.
- Although the hurricane weakened after it made landfall near Pirate Harbor. in in the afternoon, intensified into a Category 1 storm by 23:00, the threat of storm surge and flooding remained on Thursday – how power blackouts hit more over 2 million customers in state.
What they say: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) warned at a briefing Wednesday night that damage would be done across the state.
- “In the vast majority of cases, it was this surge that was the largest issue and the flood… result- he said. — In some areas, we think that hit 12 feet.”
big painting: Storm surge hit the west coast of Florida throughout Wednesday and was expected to be 8 to 12 feet between Bonita Beach and the beach. small island of Chokoloski in southern Florida and 6 to 10 feet from Englewood to Longboat Key.
- The storm surge occurred along with strong winds, heavy rains and significant flooding.
Increase in: Jan caused over 9 feet of surge in Naples, Collier County, by 1 pm ET Wednesday – new record for in cityNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration monitoring station reports.
- The Collier County Sheriff’s Office said officers “received a significant number of calls of people caught in the water in them homes”and Naples fire the station was flooded with about three feet of flood waters.
At Fort Myers, city saw a peak of 7.26 feet of splash – a record high, according to NOAA.
Meanwhile, the Calusahatchee River emptying into San Carlos Bay and Bay of Mexico, tested 7.2 feet of “moderate flood” of around 6:10 pm ET, according to the National Weather Service gauge. in Fort Myers.
- Surge related flooding was rinformed on island of Sanibel and saw on public cameras broadcast footage of storm.
- A National Ocean Service station near Ft. Myers reported water levels above 7 feet at 7:00 pm EST NHC. update.
Threat level: NHC considers storm surge or anomalous rise of storm-generated water to be the most deadly and destructive aspect of hurricanes.
- Splash is result of wind driven water to the shoreline moving cyclonic around the storm and may cause “extreme” flood in coastal areas, especially when they overlap with tides.
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Andrew Friedman of Axios contributed to this. story.
Editor’s Note: This story was updated with additional details.