Hurricane Ian: Emiratis in Florida evacuated to Washington by UAE embassy

The storm, one of the most powerful on record to hit the US, lashed the coast with catastrophic force on Wednesday


Ismail Sebugwaawo

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Photo: AFP
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Published: Thu 29 Sep 2022, 12:34 PM

Last updated: Thu 29 Sep 2022, 9:43 PM

The UAE Embassy in the US said it evacuated Emiratis from Florida to Washington for their safety and security prior to the arrival of Hurricane Ian.

“Upon their arrival at the UAE Embassy in Washington, the citizens were received by Shaima Gargash, Deputy Head of Mission, and the embassy staff,” the UAE Embassy in Washington said on Twitter.

Hurricane Ian ploughed into Florida's Gulf Coast with catastrophic force on Wednesday, assaulting the state with howling winds, torrential rain and a surge of ocean surf that made it one of the most powerful storms on record to hit the United States, according to a Reuters report.

Ian made landfall near Cayo Costa, a barrier island and state park about 90 miles (145 km) south of Tampa and just west of Fort Myers, as a Category 4 hurricane, with sustained winds of up to 150 miles per hour (241 km per hour), the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported.


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