“Silver linings” from Hurricane Ian: One of the strongest hurricanes to ever make landfall in the US

Hurricane Ian slammed into the west coast of Florida on Sept. 28 with winds of almost 250km/h, making it the fifth-strongest storm – alongside several previous storms with similar wind speeds – to hit the US mainland since systematic records began over 100 years ago. According to Munich Re, preliminary estimates put overall losses at around $10 billion, of which around $60 billion will be borne by private insurers (excluding NFIP).

Hurricane #Ian from the Caribbean to a SW Florida nightmare. pic.twitter.com/rLBgo4fksi

— Luke Hatton (@LukeHattonWX) September 28, 2022

“The south-west Florida coast is particularly vulnerable to storm surge,

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