Sunrise cameraman Glenn Ellis dropped his camera during a live cross to help a family struggling through rising tides in the background.
He filmed the extreme weather conditions in Florida as Hurricane Ian hit it.
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Running into the muddy floodwaters, Ellis helps Florida residents who have been forced from their homes, attempting to wade out while struggling to carry armsfuls of their belongings.
The camera continues to roll as Ellis wades in and out of the water to help several families reach higher ground.
Sunrise moderator David Koch can be heard via the live cross, asking if everything is ok.
7NEWS US correspondent Tim Lester confirmed the crew was fine, adding that it was “a tremendous storm.”
“We’re just helping a few people through the water here. That out there is our cameraman, Glen. I think you can see he’s trying to help people who are moving away from home,” Lester said.
“We’ve spoken to a few of them and they’ve already told us that their homes were lost in the water.
“They flooded right through and had to leave.
“You just have no other way to do it. But they’re trying to get out, and what we have here is obviously relatively high ground, so we’re lucky to be able to talk to you.”
As Ellis braves the chaotic weather in the background, Lester is heard shouting to him, “Go on, go on.”
One of the strongest storms on record in the United States, Hurricane Ian has made landfall in southwest Florida, flooding streets and shattering trees along the coast.
A Coastal Sheriff’s Office reported that it was already receiving a significant number of calls from people trapped in homes less than an hour after the massive storm made landfall.
WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW: The moment Hurricane Ian makes landfall in Florida.
The center of the hurricane struck near Cayo Costa, a sheltered barrier island west of densely populated Fort Myers.
The Category 4 storm hit the coast with winds of 150 mph, pushing a wall of storm surge accumulated during its slow march across the Gulf of Mexico.
More than a million homes and businesses in Florida were without power. The storm hit Cuba earlier, killing two people and crippling the country’s power grid.
About 2.5 million people were ordered to evacuate Southwest Florida before Ian struck, but the law could not force anyone to flee.
Although it was expected to weaken into a tropical storm as it marched inland at about 9 mph, Ian’s gale force winds were likely to be felt well into central Florida.
“This is going to be a wicked wicked day, two days,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said, stressing that people heading ian along the coast should hurry to as safe a shelter as possible and stay there.
In Naples, the first floor of a fire station was flooded with nearly 3 feet (1m) of water and firefighters worked to retrieve equipment from a fire truck stuck in deeper water in front of the garage, video posted by the Naples Fire Department showed.
Naples is in Collier County, where the sheriff’s department reported on Facebook that it “received a significant number of calls from people who were trapped in their homes by water.” It said it would prioritize reaching out to people who are “reporting life-threatening medical emergencies in deep water.”
Ian’s wind speed on landfall made it the fifth-strongest hurricane to hit the United States, along with several other storms.
Florida residents rushed ahead of the impact to board up their homes, stash valuable belongings on the upper floors and join long lines of cars leaving the shore.
Flash flooding was possible throughout Florida.
Hazards include the polluted remnants of Florida’s phosphate fertilizer mining industry, more than a billion tons of low-level radioactive waste contained in vast ponds that could overflow in heavy rain.
The federal government dispatched 300 ambulances with medical teams and stood ready to truck in 3.7 million meals and 3.5 million liters of water once the storm passed.
“We will be there to help you clean up and rebuild to get Florida moving again,” President Joe Biden said Wednesday.
“And we will be there every step of the way. This is my absolute commitment to the people of the state of Florida.”
The governors of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina have declared states of emergency. Forecasters predicted Ian will turn to those states as a tropical storm, likely bringing more flooding rain into the weekend after crossing Florida.
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