2 million are without power in the wake of Hurricane Ian

Nearly 2 million people are without power in the wake of Hurricane Ian, which made landfall in Florida as a powerful Category 4 storm on Wednesday.

The website poweroutage.us, which tracks power outages across the country, reported that more than 1.2 million Floridians remained without power as of Saturday morning, the most in the nation. North Carolina has the second most at about 300,000, followed by Puerto Rico, where more than 200,000 people are still without power nearly two weeks after Hurricane Fiona knocked out the island’s power grid.

After making landfall in southwest Florida with maximum sustained winds of 150 miles per hour and causing intense flooding and storm surge, Ian crossed the Atlantic before making landfall in South Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane.

The storm became a post-tropical cyclone as it moved across the state, but more than 57,000 people are without power there as of Saturday. More than 94,000 people are also without power in Virginia.

Hurricane Ian knocked out the entire power grid in Cuba when it hit the island before reaching the United States. Power was restored in some parts of the country, but most remain without electricity, prompting hundreds to take to the streets to protest delays in restoring power.

Cubans protested at two sites in Havana’s Cerro neighborhood on Thursday and at least five sites in the city or its outskirts on Friday, according to The Associated Press.

Tropical storm force winds warnings were expected to remain in place for coastal areas of the United States until at least Saturday morning, and significant flooding is likely to occur as a result of the tropical storm in parts of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

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