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Hurricane Ian’s Impact on Florida
Hurricane Ian came as a surprise to the entire state of Florida, and as Nicole hits our coast, we will never forget the impact Ian had on Florida. In this article, we will be discussing how Ian was unpredictable and impactful for many.
Hurricane season before Ian was quiet, with Fiona being the strongest hurricane of the season thus far. On September 23rd, Ian formed, at first a tropical storm. As it began to form into a hurricane, it became the strongest September hurricane since 2007, gaining rapid intensification status. It hit land first in Western Cuba, with high winds, heavy storm surges, and major power outages across the island. At this point, many coastal counties in Florida were ordered to evacuate. However, many different tracks were being predicted, some going towards the panhandle, some going directly though central florida. By September 28th, Ian was approaching the Gulf Coast of Florida as a category 4, close to a category 5.
Storm surges were at a record high, in between 12 to 18 feet of water above ground. Central Florida received historical rain water levels, some areas getting 15 inches of rain in only 12 hours. Many families are still struggling to rebuild after Ian.
We hope you found this article informative. At AJS, we are committed to serving the Gulf Coast and beyond in moving, building, and leveling and we are here to help you and your properties. For lifting, construction, or moving, give us a call today to schedule a free consultation!