CAPE CORAL, Florida (WPVI) — Philadelphia Eagles fan and New Jersey native Gabe Ferraro survived Hurricane Ian in Cape Coral, Florida.
The storm made landfall near Cayo Costa, a barrier island west of densely populated Fort Myers. It is one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the United States
Video captured the strength of the storm as Ferraro took his Eagles flag to the wind on Wednesday afternoon.
But he says, joking aside, the day was awful.
“I lost my entire fence. All my clapboards in my house are gone. We’ve been downing trees everywhere people have no electricity,” said Ferraro, who is from Pennsauken.
He hopes he never has to go through anything like this again.
“It’s one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen in my life,” he says.
The Category 4 storm battered the coast with winds of 150mph, pushing a wall of storm surge accumulated during its slow march across the Gulf. According to PowerOutage.us, more than 1.8 million homes and businesses in Florida were without power. Almost every home and business in three counties was without power.
The storm hit Cuba earlier, killing two people and crippling the country’s power grid.
About 2.5 million people were ordered to evacuate Southwest Florida before Ian struck, but the law could not force anyone to flee.
45 members of PA Task Force 1 have packed their bags and are heading south to help victims of Hurricane Ian.
A convoy of buses, trucks and equipment deployed to a staging area in Columbus, South Carolina on Wednesday.
The group includes specialists trained in search and rescue and hazardous materials.
Before the storm, the American Red Cross dispatched 14 volunteers from southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey to Orlando, Fla., and more are standing by.
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