Damage and more than 1.8 million people without electricity. These are the consequences of Hurricane Ian which, after having hit Cuba, arrived in Florida and landed in Cayo Costa, near Fort Meyers. One of the most violent hurricanes ever hit the US, with winds at 240 km per hour. It is now losing strength and has now dropped to category 2 out of 5, but the governors of Virginia, Georgia and South Carolina have already proclaimed a state of emergency
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In Florida, Hurricane Ian caused enormous damage: houses destroyed or damaged, trees uprooted, cars submerged by floods, with the sea level rising up to 4 meters. Over 2.5 million people have been evacuated
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The first images of Florida came from the very long bridge shaken by powerful gusts of wind on the archipelago of Key West, the southernmost point of the United States, where Ernest Hemingway also had a home. But then the eye of the hurricane headed north, heading towards Naples, Bonita Springs and Fort Myers
For Ian’s arrival, the public hearing of the parliamentary commission investigating the assault on the Capitol has also been postponed in distant Washington. The emergency is a test case for both Joe Biden and Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, in one of the most crucial swing states on the eve of the midterm elections
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Everyone remembers the lesson of Katrina, the hurricane that in 2005 engulfed part of Louisiana, sowing death and destruction: no one wants to replicate the disastrous effect of that image gone down in history, with the then President George W. Bush in a helicopter to fly helplessly over the disaster
DeSantis, who is playing not only for re-election but also for his presidential ambitions, must now demonstrate his ability to better manage such a calamity, limiting casualties and damage as much as possible. “Now it’s too late to evacuate safely, it’s time to stay in cover and prepare for the storm,” he cautioned a few hours before Ian’s impact.
But even Biden must avoid the worst, so as not to compromise the comeback dem in the November vote and not to tarnish his image in the event of a possible re-nomination. For this reason, she immediately approved the emergency declaration, mobilized civil protection (Fema) and guaranteed all possible help by calling the governors of the three states concerned and the mayors of the cities most at risk in Florida.