California has deployed a staff of emergency administration professionals to Florida after Hurricane Ian, some of the highly effective storms to hit the U.S., slammed into it.
In addition to a five-member staff of mass care consultants dispatched by Gov. Gavin Newsom, two Orange County Fire Authority personnel are aiding with efforts in Florida, mentioned Capt. Thanh Nguyen.
One is a FEMA incident assist staff lead and the opposite is a state of affairs unit chief. Both had been deployed to assist with the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona, which induced damage in the Caribbean and Puerto Rico, however have been redirected to Florida.
They will stay in Florida “until the work is done,” Nguyen mentioned.
In addition, firefighters from Los Angeles and Riverside counties — who’re a part of the FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue Response staff just like the OCFA officers — have been authorised to deploy to Florida, the governor’s office mentioned.
Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department, Sacramento County Fire Department, Chula Vista Fire Department and San Diego Fire Department have additionally despatched personnel.
On Thursday, the governor’s office mentioned a five-person staff of mass care consultants is in a position to facilitate shelters for these displaced by the storm and help Florida’s State Operation Center in Tallahassee
Additional personnel and resources will likely be despatched to Florida to help with hurricane aid and recovery efforts if wanted, in accordance to California’s chief govt.
“California stands with the people of Florida,” Newsom mentioned. “Our state is all too familiar with the impact of natural disasters, and we stand ready to provide any needed aid and support to the communities impacted by this horrific storm.”
As rumors of a possible 2024 presidential run swirl — for each Newsom and Gov. Ron DeSantis — Newsom and Florida’s Republican governor have butted heads over immigration ways and hairstyles.
But when asked this week about his challenge to DeSantis to debate, Newsom put aside the feud.
“Let me just express deep empathy and respect for the challenges that the governor is facing, (and) of course, all Floridians are facing,” Newsom mentioned. “We’re here for our fellow Americans. We’re there and will always be there for Floridians and Gov. DeSantis.”
The Category 4 storm flooded properties on each the state’s coasts, reduce off the one bridge to a barrier island, destroyed a historic waterfront pier, and knocked out electrical energy to 2.67 million Florida properties and companies — almost 1 / 4 of utility prospects.
Aerial photographs from the Fort Myers space, a couple of miles west of the place Ian struck land, confirmed properties ripped from their slabs and deposited amongst shredded wreckage. Businesses close to the seashore have been utterly razed, leaving simply twisted particles. Broken docks floated at odd angles beside broken boats, and fires smoldered on tons the place homes as soon as stood.
The airport in Fort Myers stays open solely to emergency personnel and humanitarian flights, it said in a tweet late Thursday afternoon. All business flights have been canceled.
“We’ve never seen storm surge of this magnitude,” DeSantis mentioned, referring to the rising of water that happens throughout a climate occasion like a hurricane. “That amount of water that’s been rising, and will likely continue to rise today even as the storm is passing, is basically a 500-year flooding event.”
Ian downgraded to a tropical storm however regained hurricane energy by Thursday afternoon because it barreled towards South Carolina.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.