Tragedy and Aftermath of Hurricane Ian

Daniel O, Managing Editor

On September 28, Hurricane Ian hit Florida, bringing mass destruction, floods, and heavy rainstorms to millions of people. Over the next few days, Hurricane Ian moved further north and hit southeastern Georgia, concluding its path of travel in the Carolinas. Before the Hurricane hit Florida, as ordered by Governor Ron Desantis, millions of Floridians evacuated from 12 different counties. These 12 counties included Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Putnam, and Sarasota. Hurricane Ian started as a Category 3 storm but soon became a Category 4 due to heavy floods and increased wind speeds.

As a result of this catastrophe, many homes were washed away by the flood, millions of residents lost power, and most were subjected to house arrest. In addition, many places were destroyed, such as Fort Myers and Florida’s iconic Sanibel Island. In the days following, President Joe Biden, Governor Desantis, Senator Marco Rubio, and other politicians worked to get relief aid to many of the recovering citizens still digging out from the destruction. While the storm is over, Hurricane Ian will leave a lasting impact on those who experienced it and will remain one of the top worst Hurricanes ever to hit the State of Florida.