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Hurricane Ian Leaves Nearly A Million Without Power, Storm Surges Break Records

Added 09-28-22 05:16:03pm EST - “At least one death is likely linked to the storm, which made landfall Wednesday afternoon as a Category 4 beast.” - Huffpost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “Hurricane Ian Leaves Nearly A Million Without Power, Storm Surges Break Records”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida on Wednesday as a powerful Category 4 storm. Residents across the state were hunkered down, with widespread power outages, damage and at least one fatality likely linked to the storm.

Officials in Palm Beach County said the body of a 34-year-old man had been found in floodwaters in Martin County, Florida. The cause of death was still under investigation, although rescue workers said it was likely linked to the hurricane.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Ocean Service reported water levels had surged more than 6 feet above normal high tide levels in Naples, Florida, just before Ian made landfall. That figure was far higher than the record of 4.25 feet set during 2017’s Hurricane Irma.

Water levels in Naples, Florida have reached more than 6' above normal high tide ahead of #Ian's landfall of, eclipsing the station record of 4.25 feet set during Hurricane Irma in 2017. NOAA is continuing to monitor water levels throughout the region (1/2) pic.twitter.com/8JVwcbmvbv

The hurricane’s power had sucked seawater from Tampa Bay in what’s known as a negative storm surge. Officials said the phenomenon could prove dangerous when the water returns, propelled by fierce winds. Residents were warned to stay away from shorelines with receding tides, saying the whiplash could be life-threatening.

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