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Key West swamped with surf, flooding, wind from Hurricane Ian

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Sander Eshuis, a tourist from Holland, poses for a photo as he is doused by waves at the Southernmost Point marker in Key West, on Sept. 27, 2022. Sander and his wife, Lenneke, had never experienced a hurricane before and the proximity of Hurricane Ian to Key West allowed them to see some of the effects of the storm from a distance.
Sander Eshuis, a tourist from Holland, poses for a photo as he is doused by waves at the Southernmost Point marker in Key West, on Sept. 27, 2022. Sander and his wife, Lenneke, had never experienced a hurricane before and the proximity of Hurricane Ian to Key West allowed them to see some of the effects of the storm from a distance. [ JOSE A. IGLESIAS | El Nuevo Herald ]
Published Sep. 28

In some spots in Key West, it’s hard to tell where the street ends and the ocean begins.

As Hurricane Ian approached Florida, waves rolled into the Southernmost City Tuesday and Wednesday and winds picked up, with gusts as high as 70 mph.

Related: WEDNESDAY LIVE UPDATES: Hurricane Ian, now a Category 4, will hit Florida today

Power outages also are reported, with crews resuming repairs at sunrise.

Ian on Wednesday morning turned into a dangerous Cat 4 hurricane, and the Keys remain under a tropical storm warning.

Here’s what the streets look like in Monroe County so far:

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