Hurricane Ian: House Filmed Floating Down Naples, Florida Street in Dangerous Storm Surge

by Caitlin Berard
(Photo by YAMIL LAGE/AFP via Getty Images)

Hurricane Ian has officially made landfall in Florida and the Sunshine State is already suffering unbelievable damage at the hands of the ever-strengthening storm. One of the most intense hurricanes on record to hit Florida, Ian has produced a catastrophic storm surge along with winds exceeding 150 mph and flooding rainfall.

The town of Naples was among the first to be hit by the devastation of Hurricane Ian. Over 6 feet of storm surge have been measured thus far, more than any other storm in the last half a century. Water levels have reached such a height that entire houses are beginning to float away from their foundations.

As of 2 p.m. EDT, the highest water levels were centered on the Fort Myers area. Here, the projected range is as high as 18 feet. As you can see in the terrifying video below, flood water in Fort Myers was high enough to hit a camera 6 feet above the ground.

Florida Prepares for Search and Rescue Amid Extensive Damage From Hurricane Ian

More than 200,000 residents have already lost power, and experts believe it’s only a fraction of those to come. Thankfully, however, the injury and death toll remains at zero in Florida.

“It seems like over the last 24 hours, every time you look at this storm, it’s been bad news. It gets stronger, it gets larger,” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said of Hurricane Ian. “And, you know, we really appreciate people’s concern for Florida.”

“This is this is a really, really significant storm,” he continued. “It will be one of the storms people always remember when they think about Southwest Florida. [It will] probably be the big one that they always remember.”

Though many in Florida heeded the evacuation warning, countless residents opted to stay in their homes. Because of that, the Florida government and the National Guard are already preparing for an extensive search and rescue mission.

As of this afternoon, the National Guard has activated over 4,500 Florida personnel. They have nine rescue helicopters ready for search and rescue missions already, with an additional 22 on the way.

“We have nearly 250 aircraft, more than 1,600 high water vehicles, and more than 300 boats of all drafts and sizes,” the governor explained. “[That includes] 250 already in the major impacted areas, and nearly 50 that are staged and ready to come in as needed. Smaller rescue-oriented boats, air boats, and larger boats will be delivering supplies by water if need be.”