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USA: ‘I was screaming the whole night’ – Hurricane Ian leaves path of destruction in Orlando

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Orlando’s Lake Eola overflowed into surrounding streets on Thursday as the area was lashed with torrential rains amid Hurricane Ian.

In the aftermath, downed trees and debris littered the area surrounding the popular lake and some roads were still submerged. Residents came out of their homes to take stock of the destruction.

“I’ve never seen anything of this calibre. I like honestly was screaming the whole night, kind of freaking out, but it’s good to know that the community is safe and everything is good and it’s not too crazy out here,” said one local.

“Charlie was bigger than this I think. This one did a lot more water damage, like flooding, but less damage to trees. I think Charlie probably knocked down a lot of trees already,” said a second resident of Orlando.

Hurricane Ian made landfall on Wednesday before moving over central Florida. It was later downgraded to a tropical storm.

The hurricane left a path of destruction in its wake, reportedly leaving over two million people without power. At least 30 people were killed in the storm, although the total number of deaths is feared to be higher.

On Friday, US President Joe Biden said the storm was ‘likely to rank among the worst in the nation’s history’, saying ‘It’s not just a crisis for Florida, this is an American crisis.’

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