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One of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit the United States made landfall Sept. 28 in Florida, where a catastrophic storm surge inundated communities along the Gulf Coast, destroying homes and businesses.
Since then, Hurricane Ian has become known as the second deadliest storm to hit the U.S. mainland in the 21st century, as the death toll rose to at least 118 in Florida, according to the Associated Press.
Ian initially barreled through Cuba and knocked out its power grid before rapidly picking up strength. When the storm reached Florida, its 150 mph winds fell just short of Category 5 status.
MAP: Tracking the path of Hurricane Ian
President Joe Biden preemptively authorized an emergency declaration through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, several days in advance of Ian’s arrival.
More than a week after Ian made landfall in Florida, search and rescue efforts are still ongoing and many residents are struggling amid the recovery, with housing, electricity and food in short supply in many places.
This story is developing and will be updated.
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