Hurricane Ian has made landfall in Florida threatening the lives of residents and leaving millions without power.
NAS’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite 16 (GOES-16) captured images of the storm as it blew winds of 155 miles per hour, briefly making it a category four storm until it mercifully subsided as it moved inland. It is now considered a category one storm.
Meanwhile, astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have been capturing stunning scenes of the storm from above with the station’s hardware visible. The photos, taken of the storm on Monday, were released by the space agency on Wednesday evening.
While Hurricane Ian created incredible views for spacecraft orbiting the Earth, on the ground things were bleak. A video from Fort Myer Beach displays the utter devastation the hurricane wreaked upon the coastal area.
Houses are destroyed and some are floating away as Ian's eyewall hammers southwest Florida. This is video from Fort Myers Beach, Florida off Estero Blvd by Loni Architects pic.twitter.com/6GqrxLRv9Q
— Kaitlin Wright (@wxkaitlin) September 28, 2022
Footage captured by Frank Loni shows winds approaching a hundred miles per hour and high water along Estero Boulevard in Fort Myers Beach. Another camera placed on the same street showed a rare first-person view from a camera that was just six feet off the ground.
*RARE* first person view of storm surge. This camera is 6 feet off the ground on Estero Blvd in Fort Myers Beach, FL. Not sure how much longer it keeps working. You’ll see it live only on @weatherchannel #Ian pic.twitter.com/WwHtvgVxjY
— Mike Bettes (@mikebettes) September 28, 2022
While Brennan Prill captured video from a webcam, also in Fort Myers, and sped it up into a timelapse so viewers can witness the story surge rushing in.
— Brennan Prill (@WxBrenn) September 28, 2022
Fort Myers resident Brad Habuda even published a video of a shark swimming in his neighborhood Devonwood.
— Brad Habuda (@BradHabuda) September 28, 2022
Power outages in Florida have struck over two million homes and businesses while the city of Fort Myers has declared a curfew after reports of looting. President Biden will receive a briefing on Thursday at the Federal Emergency Management Agency as Ian continues to move through the Sunshine State.