Hurricane Ian: 'Sharks' appear to swim in flooded water
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The mysterious creature, nicknamed the “street shark” was captured in phone footage moving through flood water in suburban Florida. The video has since gone viral and appears to be a rare visual confirmation of numerous accounts of sharks swimming in streets after Hurricane Ian brought heavy flooding.
The footage, taken in Fort Myers, shows a large fish with a dorsal fin thrashing about in the water.
The animal was spotted by real estate developer Dominic Cameratta who ventured out dueing the Category 4 hurricane after noting something “flopping around” in his next-door neighbour’s front lawn.
“I didn’t know what it was — it just looked like a fish or something,” he told The Associated Press.
“I zoomed in, and all my friends are like, ‘It’s a shark, man!'”
Ian, now a post-tropical cyclone, was weakening but still forecast to bring treacherous conditions to parts of the Carolinas, Virginia and West Virginia into Saturday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.
“The dangerous storm surge, flash flooding and high wind threat continues,” it said.
The storm struck Florida’s Gulf Coast on Wednesday, turning beach towns into disaster areas, before hitting wind speeds of 85 mph as it pummeled waterfront Georgetown, north of the historic city of Charleston in South Carolina on Friday.
Roads were flooded and blocked by trees while a number of piers were damaged.
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Around 1.9 million homes and businesses were without power in the Carolinas and Florida at 01:30 GMT, according to tracking website PowerOutage.us.
Both the number of casualties and repair costs remain unclear, but as Florida entered its third day after Ian first hit, the extent of the damage was becoming apparent.
There have been reports of at least 21 deaths, Kevin Guthrie, director of the state’s Division of Emergency Management, said at a morning briefing on Friday, stressing that some of those remained unconfirmed.
Some 10,000 people were unaccounted for, he said, but many of them were likely in shelters or without power.
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“Those older homes that just aren’t as strong built, they got washed into the sea,” said Governor Ron DeSantis.
“If you are hunkering down in that, that is something that I think would be very difficult to be survivable.”
Meanwhile, insurers are bracing for a hit of between $28 billion and $47 billion, in what could be the costliest Florida storm since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, according to US property data and analytics company CoreLogic.
US President Joe Biden has already approved a disaster declaration, making federal resources available to counties impacted by the storm.
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