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Hurricane Ian wrecks aircraft on runway after hitting Floridian airport

Dozens of aircraft worth millions of dollars have been destroyed by a tornado which struck the Florida coast just ahead of Hurricane Ian. The planes at North Perry Airport in Hollywood, Florida, were left damaged and overturned as a tornado hit the runway in the early hours of this morning [28]. The damage comes as Florida prepares to be hit by Hurricane Ian - a category four storm that has just become the second major hurricane of the 2022 season. Millions have been given evacuation orders as winds reached 155mph earlier today with The National Hurricane Center warning of "life-threatening storm surge, catastrophic winds and flooding in the Florida Peninsula". Tom Pendas who runs private helicopter tour company Tour Helicopter visited the airport to assess the damage from the tornado and couldn't believe his eyes. Shocking photos from the runway show numerous planes flipped over onto the side or the roof with extreme damage to the aircraft wings, main body and windows. Tom, who lives and operates Tour Helicopter from Pembroke Pines, Florida, said: "There was a tremendous amount of flooding. "Probably about a third of the planes on the ramp had been turned over or piled up on top of each other. "Quite a few other planes suffered minor damage, but I don't really know how many planes survived without damage on the ramp. "It looked like everything was affected in some way. "I received a notice earlier that the airport has been closed and access to the facilities is no longer available, so I'm trying to get some clarification as to when we can reopen, get back in there and fully assess the damage in daylight hours. "I am hoping they open the airport for the operators, at least, soon, so that we can go in and mitigate any further damage."

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