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Hurricane Ian, one of the strongest storms ever to hit the US, causes damage and destruction – AgFax

Satellite image of a hurricane moving through the Gulf of Mexico. Photo: NOAA

Elizabeth Findell, Dan Frosh and Cameron McWhirter reported on the front page of today’s Wall Street Journal that “a day after Hurricane Jan tore through the beach towns and coastal cities of southwest Florida, causing widespread damage one of the strongest storms to hit the US decades later it was coming into view.”

The authors of the magazine explained that “About 2.35 million customers were without power as of Thursday eveningand power companies struggled to restore power as trees and vegetation blocked roads and access to grid infrastructure, according to the tracking site poweroutage.us.

“By Thursday morning, Ian was out of the area, moving north as it poured rain over Orlando and then moved over the Atlantic Ocean as a tropical storm. But in the afternoon it regained strength and became a hurricane again. Forecasters warned that he would go on land again on Friday, approx Charleston, South Carolina., as a Category 1 storm. The entire coast of this state is under a hurricane warning.”

Molly Hennessy-Fisk, Brittany Shammas, Lori Rosa, Karin Brouillard and Reiss Tebow The front page of today’s Washington Post reports that “Emergency crews and search teams were operating in flood zones in southwest Florida affected by Ian on Thursday, searching for survivors and missing people. just beginning to measure the extent of the destruction made the day before by one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever hit the US.”

The Post article noted that “on the Atlantic coast, New Smyrna Beach received 28 inches of rain. In St. Augustine, about 30 miles south of Jacksonville, a storm surge caused the Matanzas River to overflow, flooding downtown streets. The National Hurricane Center predicted a peak surge of 4 to 6 feet in the area.

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Several rivers were at or headed for record levels. “Because the ground was already saturated with rain, the downpours that hit Ian had an even greater impact,” said Rick Davis, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Tampa Bay office.

Bloomberg writers Augusta Saraiva and Brendan Murray yesterday reported that “Main ports and railway facilities in the southeastern United States discontinued operations as one of the strongest hurricanes to ever strike the country, heads north, causing breakdowns along the way and as a result another blow to already strained supply chains.”

also yesterday By Reuters writer Marcelo Teixeira reported that “Hurricane Ian likely to hurt orange crop, already expected to be smallest in US in 55 years after it flew through a large fruit-producing area this week as it passed through Florida, flooding farms and causing oranges to fall from trees.’

“Although imports from Brazil and Mexico currently account for most of the orange juice consumed in the United States, Made in Florida was important to the industry as it mainly the non-concentrate (NFC) variety.which has gained popularity with consumers over the old style frozen orange juice concentrate (FCOJ),” according to the Reuters article.

I Kirk Maltese Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal Online reported that “Significant flooding and wind damage shook the orange groves of Floridawhere the harvest was already forming the smallest since World War II.»

Maltais explained that “the storm passed through key citrus growing areas when it landed in Florida on Wednesday, with the maximum sustained wind achieved 150 miles per hour.

“Time is bad for orange growers, with the harvest season begins in October and is gaining momentum in the coming months.”

By Bloomberg Tatiana Freitas and Diego Lasarte yesterday reported that “Yang threatens to deal a catastrophic blow to Florida orange growers is already suffering from a disease called citrus greening, which damages the fruit and eventually kills the trees. The storm’s destruction is the latest push for orange prices is up 36% this year due to tight global suppliescompounding consumer pain amid rampant food inflation.

“Though John’s winds certainly fell the fruit to the ground, the biggest concern is tree damage, according to John Davis, chief meteorologist at Everstream Analytics. Once the trees are damaged, production may suffer for years, he said. Florida was already behind California as the largest orange-producing state.”

meanwhile, Reuters writer Tom Polansek yesterday reported that “Farmers in Florida rushed to their cattle on Thursday after trees downed by Hurricane Yang broke fences used to contain animals and rain from a heavy storm flooded fields used for grazing.”

“The hurricane washed out roads, hampering farmers’ attempts to corral cattle before they exit fenced areas, threatening public safety,” the article said.

I New York Times writer Winston Choi-Shagrin reported yesterday that “As of Thursday afternoon, excess water from Hurricane Ian has caused at least a dozen treatment facilities in Florida for the discharge of raw or partially treated wastewhich may contain bacteria or other disease-causing organisms and high levels of nitrogen and phosphates, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection.

“Now that the storm is coming South Carolinaattention is drawn to sites that may be at risk…[and]… further inland are hundreds of farms, including poultry farming and other species.”

The article noted that “Blakely Hildebrand, a senior attorney at [Southern Environmental Law Center]expressed concern that heavy rainfall can cause bird droppings, often stored in uncovered pits, to flow into bodies of water.”



https://www.agfax.com/2022/10/02/hurricane-ian-one-of-the-strongest-storms-to-ever-hit-the-u-s-causes-damage-and-destruction/ Hurricane Ian, one of the strongest storms ever to hit the US, causes damage and destruction – AgFax

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