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Florida National Guard aids in Hurricane Ian responseFlorida National Guard aids in Hurricane Ian response

Julia Cooper
September 29, 2022
The Florida National Guard is among several federal and state agencies aiding in response efforts after Hurricane Ian made landfall as a Category 4 storm on Florida’s western coast late Wednesday afternoon. The Florida National Guard announced Wednesday that it has 4,611 Guardsmen activated and ready to help with search and rescue operations, route clearance, ...


DeSantis briefs the state on devastation, recovery efforts from Hurricane IanDeSantis briefs the state on devastation, recovery efforts from Hurricane Ian

Aileyahu Shanes
September 29, 2022
 Hurricane Ian on Wednesday battered Southwest Florida, and as the storm continued its wrath on the east coast as a tropical storm, Gov. Ron DeSantis shed light Thursday morning on the destruction discovered so far.


Ian leaves behind a swath of flooding before pushing offshore ThursdayIan leaves behind a swath of flooding before pushing offshore Thursday

Justin Ballard - FPREN
September 29, 2022
Major Hurricane Ian made landfall near Cayo Costa shortly after 3 PM Wednesday and more than twelve hours later, it is still bringing flash flooding to central Florida before an eventual exit along the east coast.


Gainesville businesses experience ups and downs of hurricane prepGainesville businesses experience ups and downs of hurricane prep

Elise Fore
September 29, 2022
Heather Halak, the owner of Third House Books in Gainesville, was among the many Florida business owners preparing for Hurricane Ian this week.


People trapped, hospital damaged after Ian swamps SW FloridaPeople trapped, hospital damaged after Ian swamps SW Florida

Associated Press
September 29, 2022
One of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit the United States barreled across the Florida peninsula overnight Wednesday, threatening catastrophic flooding inland, the National Hurricane Center warned.


Preparing livestock amid Hurricane IanPreparing livestock amid Hurricane Ian

Katalina Enriquez
September 28, 2022
Livestock owners preparing for Hurricane Ian have three major concerns: identification, sheltering and power. Livestock can be identified by using ear tags or by spraying numbers onto the cattle using a can of nontoxic spray. Because most barns are not built to withstand hurricane winds, many area farms will leave their cows to weather the storm ...


Gov. Ron DeSantis details the state's emergency response plan to power outages and rescuesGov. Ron DeSantis details the state’s emergency response plan to power outages and rescues

Jordan Ray Ramos
September 28, 2022
On Wednesday, Governor Ron DeSantis detailed Florida’s emergency response plan for Hurricane Ian. Over 10,000 first responders are on standby. Some 42,000 linemen are also on standby to restore power to the 1.7 million people who have currently lost power. 911 call centers are down in Lee, Hendry and Glade counties and those calls are ...


More than 1.8 million Florida utility customers without powerMore than 1.8 million Florida utility customers without power

Silas Morgan
September 28, 2022
Earlier in the day, Gov. Ron DeSantis had called an initial 200,000 outages a “drop in the bucket” compared to total number of Floridians who will be affected by power outages by the time the storm passes.


Gainesville grocery stores struggle to keep up with demand ahead of stormGainesville grocery stores struggle to keep up with demand ahead of storm

Serra Sowers
September 28, 2022
Gainesville grocery stores are struggling to keep up with rising demand for supplies like water and toilet paper. While necessities are being restocked as quickly as possible prior to Hurricane Ian’s arrival, it is unclear how late stores will remain open. As of noon Wednesday, several locations still have water available. Others may or may not ...


Follow NPR's live blog covering Hurricane IanFollow NPR’s live blog covering Hurricane Ian

NPR News
September 28, 2022
Ian has strengthened into a brutal, historic-sized storm, with top winds of 155 mph — just shy of the most dangerous Category 5 status — and a threat of a surge of up to 18 feet in the Fort Myers area. The National Hurricane Center is imploring people to go inside and stay there.


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