US: WATCH: Traffic light yanked off line by Hurricane Ian, crashes in front of cops

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  Text-only live updates: Hurricane Ian one of strongest storms in U.S. history; 1.6M in Florida without power; 911 callers stranded in homes Hurricane Ian weakened to a Category 3 storm as it lashed Florida with 125 mph winds. More than 1.1 million reported power outages. Live updates.Hurricane Ian slammed into Florida's southwestern coast Wednesday as one of the most powerful storms in U.S. history, tearing apart homes and buildings and leaving some residents stranded as storm surge flooded communities.

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — An Tampa traffic light did not survive the harsh winds of Hurricane Ian, according to police.

  WATCH: Traffic light yanked off line by Hurricane Ian, crashes in front of cops © Provided by The Hill

In an attempt to warn residents, the Tampa Police Department posted a video showing a traffic light falling off its line due to the heavy winds brought by Hurricane Ian.

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The video showed the light swing for a bit before it crashed to the ground in front of police officers. The officers then took the broken traffic light off the road.

“There are live wires down,” the department wrote. “This is ???????????? the time to venture out.”

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  Live Updates: Hurricane Ian The Latest on Hurricane Ian: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The U.S. Coast Guard began performing hurricane rescue missions on barrier islands off southwest Florida early Thursday, as soon as the winds died down, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a news conference. “The Coast Guard had people who were in their attics and got saved off their rooftops,” DeSantis said. The most vulnerable areas were along the barrier islands of Lee, Charlotte and Collier counties, along with inlets and inland areas along rivers. © Provided by Associated Press Businesses in downtown Fort Myers, Fla., suffered damage from Hurricane Ian Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022 in Fort Myers, Fla.

While Tampa saw lesser effects from Hurricane Ian, the city did not escape being damaged.

Power lines down on Himes Avenue, south of MLK Boulevard (Credit: Tampa Police Department) © Provided by WFLA Tampa Power lines down on Himes Avenue, south of MLK Boulevard (Credit: Tampa Police Department)

Downed power lines caused several fires, according to the Tampa Fire Rescue chief, and police said they saw downed trees and lines across the city.

Tampa city officials urged residents to shelter in place as they expected worse storm conditions through Wednesday night.

Early Thursday morning, the National Weather Service downgraded Hurricane Ian to a tropical storm after its maximum sustained windspeeds fell to 65 mph.

The storm made landfall near Cayo Costa, Florida, just after 3 p.m. Wednesday as a powerful Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds measured at 150 mph. By 2 a.m. Thursday, it had weakened to a category 1 with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.

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