As Hurricane Ian makes its way from the Caribbean Sea into the Gulf of Mexico, photos and videos are pouring into social media channels. While Floridians across the state finalize their plans and preparation for Hurricane Ian, many will be refreshing their social media account feeds to read, watch and hear the latest updates on the storm.
Below are some of the most spectacular images currently flooding the internet as of 1 pm on Tuesday.
Hurricane Ian brought devastating damage to Cuba on Tuesday morning. Videos from residents posted on Facebook show a group of Cubans waist-deep in water indoors. Others show 100-mph winds bending trees and razing buildings.
Florida’s southernmost city, Key West, is encountering early signs of the Category 3 hurricane’s foreboding storm surge.
The decision of whether or not to evacuate is complicated by major traffic delays along major highways and interstates.
HURRICANE IAN FROM ABOVE
Few images are more captivating than aerial shots of Hurricane Ian. The storm’s massive bands of wind and rain stretch 500 miles in diameter.
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Although the Miami area is not directly in the expected path of Hurricane Ian, there are early signs of potential flooding.
While many Floridians on the Sun Coast are evacuating today, some residents are hunkering down.
The courage and dedication of first responders shines bright during natural disasters. These men and women, often from other parts of the state, bring hope in times of uncertainty and danger.
VIEWS FROM A BOAT
Most Floridians who decided not to evacuate are hunkering down in their homes, but it appears at least one person was willing to brave the storm on a boat.
SAVING SEA TURTLES
Hurricane Ian’s disastrous potential makes for a somber news week, so heartwarming videos – like this one of baby Sea Turtle hatchlings leaving their nests – make for a welcomed sight.
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