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Hurricane Ian ramps up, Quad City crews head south to help

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This GOES-East GeoColor satellite image taken at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2022, and provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows the eye of Hurricane Ian approaching the southwest coast of Florida. Hurricane Ian's most damaging winds began hitting Florida's southwest coast Wednesday, lashing the state with heavy rain and pushing a devastating storm surge after strengthening to the threshold of the most dangerous Category 5 status. (NOAA via AP)

Crews from MidAmerican Energy left Bettendorf Wednesday morning for the Atlanta area to assist with anticipated hurricane restoration efforts.

The emergency response team consisted of nearly 80 employees, including 66 line workers and 15 supervisory and support employees, as well as utility trucks and equipment. Georgia Power, based in Atlanta, requested MidAmericanā€™s assistance.

Things are slowly shutting down in Florida as residents prepare for the storm. Disney World announced its closing and has asked all occupants of its hotels to shelter in place. As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center reported hurricane-force winds were approaching Sanibel Island.

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About 2.5 million people in the US state of Florida have been ordered to leave their homes as Hurricane Ian approaches.

According to poweroutage.us, more than 272,000 were without power in Florida Tuesday morning, compared to more than 342,000 in the dark in Puerto Rico. The storm is currently at a category four, but is inching toward being upgraded to category five. According to the National Hurricane Center the categories are as follows:

  • Category 1: 74-95 MPH winds
  • Category 2: 96-110 MPH winds
  • Category 3: 111-129 MPH winds
  • Category 4: 130-156 MPH winds
  • Category 5: 157 MPH winds or higher

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis activated 5,000 members of the Florida National Guard on Tuesday to help with the aftermath. Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina also sent a combined 2,000 members to assist.

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