Hurricane Ian nears landfall in south-western Florida as officials warn of ‘catastrophic impact’ – live | Florida

Key events Show key events only Please turn on JavaScript to use this feature The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released satellite images of Hurricane Ian captured on September 28. ian-satellite 945 v7 Photograph: satellite image by NOAA, captured on Sept. 28 In this NOAA handout image taken by the GOES satellite at 13:26 … Read more

Hurricane Ian’s “extremely dangerous” eyewall moves onshore in southwest Florida

Hurricane Ian’s “extremely dangerous” eyewall was moving onshore in southwest Florida late Wednesday morning, just hours after it grew into a Category 4 storm. It was packing sustained winds of 155 mph — making it just shy of a Category 5 hurricane, which is the most powerful storm possible. Ian is forecast to make landfall Wednesday afternoon … Read more

Hurricane Ian: Live updates on storm’s path, impact

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (AP) — Hurricane Ian’s most damaging winds began hitting Florida’s southwest coast Wednesday, lashing the state with heavy rain and pushing a devastating storm surge after strengthening to just shy of the most dangerous Category 5 status. Fueled by warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico, Ian grew to a catastrophic Category … Read more

Cuba begins to turn on lights after Ian blacks out island

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban officials said they had begun to restore some power Wednesday after Hurricane Ian knocked out electricity to the entire island while devastating some of the country’s most important tobacco farms when it hit the island’s western tip as a major storm. At least two people were reported killed. The Energy and … Read more

New book: Trump nearly fired Jared and Ivanka via tweet

Washington CNN  —  Then-President Donald Trump nearly fired his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner from the White House via tweet, according to a new book from New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman. Trump raised the prospect of firing Ivanka Trump and Kushner, who were both senior White House aides, during meetings with then-chief … Read more

Deadly Hurricane Ian, now approaching Category 5 strength, threatens ‘catastrophic’ storm surge as it nears Florida

Editor’s Note: Affected by the storm? Use CNN’s lite site for low bandwidth. You also can text or WhatsApp your Ian stories to CNN +1 332-261-0775. CNN  —  Hurricane Ian – now an “extremely dangerous” storm just shy of Category 5 strength – is poised to inflict “catastrophic” winds and storm surge as it nears … Read more

Trump might be protected from E. Jean Carroll lawsuit, court rules

An appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Justice Department may be able to shield former President Donald Trump from a 2019 defamation suit filed by author E. Jean Carroll. The court ruled Tuesday that as an employee of the federal government, the president is protected from certain lawsuits. Trump’s attorneys had been joined by attorneys … Read more

Hurricane Ian nearly a Category 5 storm, landfall in Florida to be Wednesday

Gov. DeSantis urges Florida residents in Hurricane Ian path to evacuate: ‘This is your last chance’ Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis provided an update to residents on Hurricane Ian during a presser with other emergency response officials late Tuesday evening. DeSantis warned residents to exercise caution or to leave their homes if they are expected to … Read more

Mitch McConnell gives big boost to electoral bill in response to January 6 attack

CNN  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday he would support legislation that would make it harder to overturn a certified presidential election, an endorsement that will bolster its chances for passage in his chamber and puts him at sharp odds with former President Donald Trump, who has called on GOP senators to sink … Read more

Hilaree Nelson’s body found after US ski mountaineer dies during Nepal expedition

CNN  —  The body of Hilaree Nelson was found Wednesday and taken to a forensic laboratory in Kathmandu for an autopsy after the renowned US ski mountaineer died during an expedition in Nepal, according to Sachindra Kumar Yadav, an official with the tourism department. The 49-year-old American, who has enjoyed a famed career spanning over … Read more