10 things you need to know today: September 29, 2022

Hurricane Ian slams southwest Florida and crashes through the state, the European Union proposes more Russia sanctions, and more

Hurricane Ian
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1. Hurricane Ian hits Florida as a powerful Category 4 storm

Hurricane Ian hit southwest Florida on Wednesday as a Category 4 storm with 150-mile-per-hour winds, torrential rains, and historic storm surge of up to 18 feet. The Collier County Sheriff's Office said it had to rescue numerous people with "life-threatening medical emergencies in deep water," many of them trapped in flooded homes. Ian, tied with 2004's Hurricane Charley as the strongest storm to hit Florida's west coast, made landfall near Cayo Costa. It left two million utility customers without power. Ian weakened as it crossed the state toward Orlando, causing more damage. Downgraded to tropical storm status with top winds of 65 mph early Thursday, Ian was expected to emerge over Atlantic waters Thursday and move north toward a second U.S. landfall.

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