This webcam footage shows just how devastating Hurricane Ian’s storm surge was » TwistedSifter

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Although almost everyone knows that hurricanes are extremely destructive, it can be hard to imagine what it’s like to experience it unless you were unlucky enough to see it.

That said, modern technology like webcam footage can go far to make the rest of us feel like we’re actually there.

Storm surges are mainly caused by high winds pushing the water inshore while the low pressure inside the storm pulls the water up at the same time. This created abnormally high water levels in Florida prior to Hurricane Ian and caused massive damage to people, sea defenses and property.

This time-lapse footage captured by the Wood TV reporter Brennan Prill shows a bit of the devastation at Fort Meyers.

And that live camera, showing us how quickly things can change and one of the reasons storm surge is so dangerous.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis called him a “500-year flood” as he gave a press conference about the rising waters and the ensuing devastation.

“The impacts of this storm are historic and the damage that’s been done has been historic and that’s right after the initial assessments. There’s going to be a lot more assessments going on in the days to come. But I think we we’ve never seen a flood like this we’ve never seen a storm surge of this magnitude and it hit an area that’s very crowded in a lot of these low areas and it will eventually cause significant damage to many homes.

The White House released A declaration on the situation as well, noting how badly things are going for people on the ground.

“The President spoke this morning with Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida to discuss steps the Biden-Harris administration is taking to support Florida in response to Hurricane Ian, including issuing a disaster declaration. this morning. The president told the governor he would send his FEMA administrator to Florida tomorrow to check on response efforts and see where additional support is needed. The President and the Governor pledged to continue close coordination.

Hope help was on the way soon enough, as these videos confirm that the storm surge was as bad – or worse – than expected.

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