Playing With Death: Desperate Selfie-Takers Play Against 60mph Winds As Hurricane Ian Hits

Selfie-takers desperate for the picture have been playing with death as they approach the breaking waves lashed by Hurricane Ian along Florida’s Key West pier.

The video shows people, including children, braving rough waters armed with camera phones and selfie sticks as 60-mph wind gusts whipped through the cays.

Reckless snappers have been ‘doing it for the ‘gram,’ doing things for the sole purpose of posting it on Instagram, even as local police urged residents to stay inside and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis warned residents in the path of the hurricane that ‘now is your last chance to evacuate.

The Key West Police Department warned that it was not safe to go outside and that lives are threatened by standing water that could be electrified by downed power lines.

Another video showed palm trees battered by strong winds and houses without power flooded up to two feet in Key West.

Ian is forecast to make landfall in Charlotte County on Florida’s southwest coast, state Governor Ron DeSantis said this morning, potentially as a category five storm.

Ian, which recently became a catastrophic category four hurricane, has been generating winds of 155 mph, just below category five strength, according to the US National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Selfie takers risked 60mph winds to get up close and personal with the breaking waves lashed by Hurricane Ian

Selfie takers risked 60mph winds to get up close and personal with the breaking waves lashed by Hurricane Ian

A couple poses for a selfie under dangerously stormy conditions along the pier in Florida's Key West

A couple poses for a selfie under dangerously stormy conditions along the pier in Florida's Key West

A couple poses for a selfie under dangerously stormy conditions along the pier in Florida’s Key West

A couple armed with a selfie stick smile as they 'do it for the gram', defying police warnings to stay home.

A couple armed with a selfie stick smile as they 'do it for the gram', defying police warnings to stay home.

A couple armed with a selfie stick smile as they ‘do it for the gram’, defying police warnings to stay home.

Previous estimates of maximum wind speeds of 130 mph have now been far exceeded. The hurricane is centered about 75 miles west-southwest of Naples, Florida, and is moving north at a forward speed of 10 mph (17kph), they added.

The major hurricane has prompted warnings of deadly winds and flooding and a possible storm surge that could reach 16 feet along the state’s densely populated Gulf Coast from Bonita Beach to the Tampa Bay region.

Floridians have been quick to board up their homes, stash precious belongings on upper floors and flee.

Two people have already been rushed to the hospital after a tornado hit an apartment building for people 55 and older in Kings Point, Delray Beach, on Tuesday night.

Large trees were knocked to the ground as parts of the building were completely broken off and lifted and residents were evacuated when the tornado hit.

Another tornado tore through southeastern Florida, with rain lashing and footage showing a nearly flooded parking lot as palm trees swayed in strong winds.

Damage is expected to reach $45 billion as the storm continues to grow in strength, as more than two million Floridians have been urged to evacuate.

Satellite images show Hurricane Ian beginning to make landfall in southwest Florida after hitting Cuba.  Recent data indicates Ian is rapidly intensifying with maximum sustained winds now up to 155mph.

Satellite images show Hurricane Ian beginning to make landfall in southwest Florida after hitting Cuba.  Recent data indicates Ian is rapidly intensifying with maximum sustained winds now up to 155mph.

Satellite images show Hurricane Ian beginning to make landfall in southwest Florida after hitting Cuba. Recent data indicates Ian is rapidly intensifying with maximum sustained winds now up to 155mph.

Satellite image shows tropical hurricane Ian over Cuba yesterday at 11:51 UTC

Satellite image shows tropical hurricane Ian over Cuba yesterday at 11:51 UTC

A composite image of Hurricane Ian hitting Florida hours later

A composite image of Hurricane Ian hitting Florida hours later

These two satellite images show the progress of Hurricane Ian as it passes through Cuba on its way to the west coast of Florida

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that there had already been at least two ‘radar-indicated tornadoes’ in the state, warning those in the areas projected to be hardest hit that their ‘time to evacuate is coming. to its end’.

‘You have to evacuate now. You are going to start feeling major impacts from this storm relatively soon,” she said.

The major hurricane has prompted warnings of a possible dangerous storm surge that could reach 12 feet, deadly winds and flooding along the state’s densely populated Gulf Coast from Bonita Beach to the Tampa Bay region. Floridians have been quick to board up their homes, stash precious belongings on upper floors and flee.

More than 17,000 people in Florida were already without power in Florida on Wednesday morning, even before Hurricane Ian made landfall.

Florida Power and Light Company reported 17,255 outages in various Florida counties, NBC News reports. In Broward, there were more than 6,700 outages, while there were 5,700 outages in Miami-Dade.

DeSantis, who called a statewide state of emergency on Sunday, has prepared 30,000 workers on standby to help once Florida’s power grid inevitably collapses in Ian’s wrath.

“It’s a big storm, it’s going to kick up a lot of water as it comes in,” DeSantis said at a news conference in Sarasota, a coastal city of 57,000 in the storm’s projected path. He warned: “This is the kind of storm surge that is life-threatening.”

A man walks away from the beach ahead of the arrival of Category 4 Hurricane Ian, in Fort Myers, Florida.

A man walks away from the beach ahead of the arrival of Category 4 Hurricane Ian, in Fort Myers, Florida.

A man walks away from the beach ahead of the arrival of Category 4 Hurricane Ian, in Fort Myers, Florida.

Reporters film one last broadcast before the final evacuations as the possible category five storm approaches.

Reporters film one last broadcast before the final evacuations as the possible category five storm approaches.

Reporters film one last broadcast before the final evacuations as the possible category five storm approaches.

Florida’s governor warned residents to prepare for impact, especially those in mobile homes along the West Coast, which may be designed for Category 3 hurricanes and 100-mph winds but may not be able to withstand what lies ahead.

“You have in Southwest Florida, really throughout the state, but really in all the communities that may be affected by the initial impact of the eye of the storm, you have a lot of mobile homes,” DeSantis said.

‘You’ve got folks, and actually the way they’re made, they can actually withstand 100-mile-an-hour winds, maybe 110 to be certified.

‘Expect heavy rain, high winds, flash flooding, storm surge and even isolated tornadoes. Make preparations now,’ she said, adding that residents should anticipate power outages, fuel outages and even evacuations in certain areas.

The announcement came after DeSantis previously declared a state of emergency in 24 counties in his home state, and President Biden over the weekend invoked his own emergency edict for the state of the Everglades, delaying the scheduled trip to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.

Those orders so far have seen an estimated 2.5 million Floridians evacuate their homes, as officials scramble to prepare for the storm’s now-inevitable U.S. landfall, and the situation in Cuba serves as a stark warning of what may be to come.

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