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23 missing after migrant boat capsized off Florida during Hurricane Ian, US official says

A boat carrying migrants capsized and left 23 people missing when Hurricane Ian hit the Florida coast, the US Border Patrol said Wednesday. Four people on the boat were able to swim to shore, authorities said.

“U.S. Border Patrol Agents … responded to the arrival of a migrant on Stock Island, Florida,” Miami Border Patrol Chief Agent Walter Slosar said on Twitter. “Four Cuban immigrants swam to shore after their boat sank due to inclement weather.”

The US Coast Guard retweeted Slosar’s tweet, adding that it is also searching for the missing.

Ian’s “extremely dangerous” eyewall was moving inland in southwest Florida on Wednesday morning, just hours after becoming a Category 4 storm. It had sustained winds of 155 mph, making it just shy of a Category 5 hurricane, which is the most powerful storm possible.

Ian’s eyewall was moving inland over Sanibel and Captiva Islands and is forecast to make landfall Wednesday afternoon before moving over central Florida Wednesday and Thursday night, forecasters said.

“Ian will soon cause catastrophic storm surge, winds and flooding across the Florida panhandle,” the National Hurricane Center said in its 11 a.m. advisory. By early afternoon, hurricane conditions were spreading across parts of Southwest Florida, the center said.

cruise lines are cancel trips and change the route of ships because of the hurricane.

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