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Six Big Threats Hurricane Ian Poses Now That It Has Come Ashore

Flooded homes, fuel shortages, even more food inflation and a scrambled insurance market could be left in the wake of the devastating tropical cyclone.

A man live streams as gusts from Hurricane Ian hit Punta Gorda, Fla., on Sept. 28.

A man live streams as gusts from Hurricane Ian hit Punta Gorda, Fla., on Sept. 28.

Photographer: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP/Getty Images

Tropical cyclones as powerful as Hurricane Ian threaten to wreak lasting damage to families, crops, coastlines and industries long after they roar ashore.

The initial onslaught of wind and water as well as lingering floods pose significant risks to the lives of people who didn’t evacuate. And Category 4 menaces like Ian can break power grids, flatten homes and leave many roads impassible, isolating people when they most need help. The economic ripples radiate far beyond the storm’s path.