UPDATE 3 – Hurricane Ian Continues Battering Florida, Weakens To Category 3 – NHC

WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – twenty ninth September, 2022) Hurricane Ian continues to batter Florida and is threatening the states of North and South Carolina, however has weakened to a class 3, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) mentioned in advisories.

Earlier, when Ian made landfall as a class 4 hurricane, most sustained winds had reached 140 miles per hour, in keeping with the advisory issued by the NOAA / National Weather Service company.

However, the NHC mentioned the storm has weakened to a class 3 in an advisory at 8:00 p.m. EST and winds had died right down to 115 mph.

Ian nonetheless continues to batter the Florida peninsula with catastrophic storm surge, winds, and flooding, the company added.

New watches and warnings have been issued for North and South Carolina, the NHC mentioned.

“Further weakening is expected for the next day or so, but Ian could be near hurricane strength when it moves over the Florida East coast tomorrow, and when it approaches the northeastern Florida, Georgia and South Carolina coasts late Friday,” the discharge added.

The NHC additionally warned that just a few tornadoes are attainable later tonight throughout east central Florida.

Meanwhile, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper declared a State of Emergency prematurely of Ian’s “remnants moving through the state,” his workplace mentioned in an announcement.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis at a press briefing mentioned a minimum of 26 states are sending help to the state in Ian’s aftermath.

DeSantis mentioned Alabama despatched Blackhawk helicopters to help whereas Tennessee and Louisiana despatched sources to assist search and rescue efforts.

Almost 1.5 million prospects haven’t any energy as of early night on the US east coast, the poweroutage.us net tracker mentioned Wednesday.

Authorities in Collier County, on Florida’s west coast, introduced that starting at 10:00 p.m. EST (2:00 GMT on Thursday) a compulsory curfew will probably be put in place till 6:00 a.m.

US President Joe Biden referred to as mayors from cities round Florida to debate the Federal authorities’s help for the state, the White House mentioned.

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