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Hurricane Ian wallops Florida, heads north

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY: PART MUST CREDIT BOBBY PRATT; PART NO RE-SALE, RE-USE OR ARCHIVE; MUST CREDIT WPLG-TV; NO ACCESS MIAMI/FORT LAUDERDALE MARKET; NO USE BY US BROADCAST NETWORKS++MUSIC CLEARED FOR EDITORIAL USE++VALIDATED UGC - MUST CREDIT BOBBY PRATT++USER GENERATED CONTENT: This video has been authenticated by AP based on the following validation checks:++Video and audio content checked by regional experts against known locations and events++Video is consistent with independent AP reporting++Video cleared for use by all AP clients by content creator Bobby Pratt++Mandatory on-screen credit Bobby PrattFort Myers Beach, Florida - 29 September 20221. Tracking shot of damage and debrisWPLG - NO RE-SALE, RE-USE OR ARCHIVE; MUST CREDIT WPLG-TV; NO ACCESS MIAMI/FORT LAUDERDALE MARKET; NO USE BY US BROADCAST NETWORKSLee County, Florida - 29 September 2022++MUTE++2. Aerial views of flooding and damaged homes3. Aerial view of home on fire with flames shooting from roofANNOTATION: The devastation inflicted on Florida came into focus a day after Ian struck as a Category 4 hurricane, one of the strongest storms ever to hit the U.S.4. Aerial view of canalASSOCIATED PRESSFort Myers, Florida -- 29 September 20225. Various drone video of Sanibel Causeway damageANNOTATION: A chunk of the Sanibel Causeway fell into the sea, cutting off access to the barrier island where 6,300 people live.6. Various drone video of boats stacked up at the Port Sanibel MarinaASSOCIATED PRESSKissimmee, Florida - 29 September 20227. Various of floodingANNOTATION: In the Orlando area, Walt Disney World and other attractions had closed ahead of the storm and it was unclear when they would reopen.ASSOCIATED PRESSOrlando, Florida - 29 September 20228. A person displaced by Hurricane Ian is helped off a boat by fire and rescue crewsANNOTATION: Orange County firefighters used boats to reach people in a flooded neighborhood.9. A person is helped off the rescue boat10. Emergency personnel carry a person to safetyASSOCIATED PRESSSt. Augustine, Florida – 29 September 202211.Wide of flooded street in near St. Augustine BeachANNOTATION: After leaving Florida as a tropical storm Thursday and entering the Atlantic Ocean, Ian spun up into a hurricane again with winds of 75 mph.12.Wide of restaurant still open during storm with wind blowing treesANNOTATION: Ian's watery destruction fits what scientists have predicted for a warmer world: stronger and wetter hurricanes, though not necessarily more of them.13.Various of St. Augustine Beach storm surge near A street. STORYLINE:Rescue crews piloted boats and waded through inundated streets Thursday to save thousands of Floridians trapped amid flooded homes and shattered buildings left by Hurricane Ian, which crossed into the Atlantic Ocean and churned toward South Carolina.Hours after weakening to a tropical storm while crossing the Florida peninsula, Ian regained hurricane strength Thursday evening over the Atlantic. The National Hurricane Center predicted it would hit South Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane Friday.The devastation inflicted on Florida came into focus a day after Ian struck as a monstrous Category 4 hurricane, one of the strongest storms ever to hit the U.S. It flooded homes on both the state's coasts, cut off the only road access to a barrier island, destroyed a historic waterfront pier and knocked out electricity to 2.67 million Florida homes and businesses — nearly a quarter of utility customers.At least one man was confirmed dead in Florida, while three other people were reported killed in Cuba after the hurricane struck the island Tuesday.Aerial photos from the Fort Myers area, a few miles (kilometers) west of where Ian struck land, showed homes ripped from their slabs and deposited among shredded wreckage. Businesses near the beach were completely razed, leaving twisted debris. Broken docks floated at odd angles beside damaged boats and fires smoldered on lots where houses once stood.The hurricane tore through the park of about 60 homes, many of them destroyed or mangled beyond repair, including Goodison's single-wide home. Wading through waist-deep water, Goodison and his son wheeled two trash cans containing what little he could salvage — a portable air conditioner, some tools and a baseball bat.The road into Fort Myers was littered with broken trees, boat trailers and other debris. Cars were left abandoned in the road, having stalled when the storm surge flooded their engines.After leaving Florida as a tropical storm Thursday and entering the Atlantic Ocean north of Cape Canaveral, Ian spun up into a hurricane again with winds of 75 mph (120 kph).===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.
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