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Hurricane Ian: millions in Florida in path of deadly cyclone approaching mainland

Hurricane approaches Florida after passing over Cuba and the Caribbean sea as a powerful tropical storm

The eyewall of 155mph Hurricane Ian, predicted to be one of the most catastrophic storms ever to strike the US mainland, was creeping ashore in south-west Florida on Wednesday as the state’s governor pleaded: “Pray for people.”

Millions of Florida residents lay directly in the path of the deadly cyclone, which also threatened to bring a storm surge of up to 18ft (5.5 meters) to vulnerable coastal and inland areas. Overnight, areas of Key West were inundated with water.

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