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Webcam Footage Of Storm Surge Shows The Devastating Impact Of Hurricane Ian

The timelapse is especially terrifying.

James Felton

James Felton

Senior Staff Writer

clockSep 29 2022, 15:38 UTC
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A street in Florida, with one house and a block of apartments.
The street captured in webcam footage. Image credit:

Footage taken from a webcam at Fort Myers, Florida, has shown the devastating impacts of the storm surge caused by Hurricane Ian

Water levels in Florida rose to abnormal levels ahead of Hurricane Ian in what's known as a "storm surge". The surges are mainly caused by high winds pushing water towards the coast, though low pressure within the storm pulling the water up can also contribute. As well as the devastation caused by high water levels, strong winds can cause waves in the storm surge itself, causing more damage to people, sea defenses, and property. 

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Timelapse footage captured by Brennan Prill, reporter for Wood TV, shows some of that devastation taking place in Fort Myers during Hurricane Ian.

As well as this, a live camera placed 1.8 meters (6 feet) off the ground shows what that looked like from ground level.

This storm has seen the water level rise significantly, with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis calling it a "500-year flood event".

"The impacts of this storm are historic and the damage that was done has been historic and this is just off initial assessments. There's going to be a lot more assessing that goes on in the days ahead," DeSantis said in a press conference.

"But I think we've never seen a flood event like this. We've never seen storm surge of this magnitude and it hit an area where there's a lot of people in a lot of those low-lying areas and it's going to end up doing extensive damage to a lot of people's homes."

The White House issued a statement today promising to send President Biden's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator to Florida on Friday.

“The President spoke this morning with Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida to discuss the steps the Biden-Harris Administration is taking to support Florida in response to Hurricane Ian, including the issuance of a Disaster Declaration this morning," the White House said in the statement.

“The President told the Governor he is sending his FEMA Administrator to Florida tomorrow to check in on response efforts and see where additional support is needed. The President and Governor committed to continued close coordination."


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