Florida Keys updates trade on Hurricane Ian

South-west Florida felt the full effects of Hurricane Ian on Tuesday and Wednesday as 150mph winds surged through the state, leaving homes without power.

Florida Keys updates trade on Hurricane Ian

South-west Florida felt the full effects of Hurricane Ian on Tuesday and Wednesday as 150mph winds surged through the state, leaving homes without power.

The tropical storm, said to be one of the most powerful to strike the US mainland, was downgraded from a category 4 to 1 as it moved slowly north-east, causing major flooding.

It is forecast to continue moving across central and northern Florida, before moving into the Atlantic Ocean later.

Power outages in Florida have struck over two million homes and businesses, according to website poweroutage.us and residents in the Central Florida Peninsula have been told to expect “widespread life-threatening, catastrophic flash and urban flooding,” according to the BBC.

Florida Keys tourist board clarified that while infrastructure is intact throughout the 125-mile-long island chain, many roads in Key West are flooded because of storm surge or are impassible due to fallen trees.

The tourist board said that whilst Key West International Airport was planning to reopen Thursday morning, visitors should check directly with airlines for flight availability.

It advised that The Florida Keys Overseas Highway, including all 42 bridges, is open but travellers should be aware of the potential for debris and standing water.

Keys state parks, attractions, venues, watersports activities, restaurants and bars are to reopen in coming days, although operational hours and offerings may be limited.

The National Hurricane Center discontinued a tropical storm warning as well as storm surge warnings and watches late Wednesday afternoon.

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