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Hurricane Ian makes landfall in Florida

Guests look out of hotel windows as Hurricane Ian has made landfall in Fort Myers, Florida, US, on Wednesday, Sept. 28. (Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

Approximately 96 percent of Fort Myers is without electricity as thousands occupy the city’s shelters and some residents are unable to evacuate their homes, according to the city’s mayor.

The city’s downtown streets were flooded with almost four feet of water Wednesday, with flooding so high that it could be seen covering a fire hydrant, Mayor Kevin Anderson told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. Every business in the core of downtown was impacted, the mayor said.

The water level has begun to subside and Anderson urged people to stay indoors. Help will be sent for those still trapped in their homes as soon as it is safe to do so, he said.

“They’re going to have to be patient,” the mayor said. “You know, we did evacuation orders. They chose not to follow them. This is what comes with it. We will get to them as soon as we can as soon as the winds die down, the water subsides and the roads are cleared.”

“There’s no telling what’s in those waters, they are not safe,” he said.

The mayor said that if people have a medical emergency they should still call 911, and emergency personnel may be able to provide guidance over the phone.

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