US President Joe Biden believes that Hurricane Ian, which hit the state of Florida, could become one of the most destructive in the history of the country.
“We are beginning to assess the extent of the devastation in Florida, which is likely to be one of the worst in the history of the country. Our hearts go out for the people whose lives have been destroyed by this storm. We are with you. And we will stay with you for as long as it takes, ”the American leader said in a statement posted on October 1 on Twitter.
Earlier in the day, it became known that the death toll as a result of the elements in Florida reached 77. The search and rescue operation continues, the number of victims may increase.
Homes were washed away along the coast, buildings were destroyed across the state, and floodwaters destroyed homes and businesses. Some residents were driven into a trap. Winds in the state are still 35 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.
On September 29, it was reported that more than 2 million Florida residents were left without electricity due to the hurricane. This is more than 20% of consumers. In addition, as a result of the collapse of the elements, the shark swam into the city street. State officials have warned residents that other wildlife may be on the streets due to the hurricane.
Tropical Storm Ian formed in the Atlantic Ocean on September 23 about 625 km southeast of Jamaica and began to move northwest. The National Hurricane Center noted that Hurricane Ian intensified to the most dangerous, fifth, category, with wind speeds reaching 250 km / h.
Katrina remains the most destructive hurricane in US history. The element struck in August 2005 in the state of Louisiana. 80% of the city of New Orleans was under water. Approximately 700,000 residents lost their homes. From the total consequences of the disaster, 1,836 people died, and economic losses amounted to at least $ 125 billion.
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