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Hurricane Ian makes landfall in Florida with Category 4 fury

U.S. NHC reports sustained winds of 241 km per hour

Gusts from Hurricane Ian begin to knock down small trees and palm fronds in a hotel parking lot in Sarasota, U.S. on Sept. 28.    © Reuters

VENICE, U.S. (Reuters) -- Hurricane Ian plowed into Florida's Gulf Coast with catastrophic force on Wednesday, assaulting the state with howling winds, torrential rain and a treacherous surge of ocean surf that made it one of the most powerful storms on record to hit the United States.

Ian made landfall in Cayo Costa as a Category 4 hurricane, with sustained winds of up to 150 miles per hour (241 km per hour), the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported.

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