Hurricane Ian flooded some Florida hospitals — climate change puts even more at risk

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Rising sea levels and increasing storm intensity will put more and more hospitals in danger of flooding, just like the ones facing Hurricane Ian this week, a new study found.

Ian sent water pouring into HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital in Port Charlotte, Florida, this week. The hurricane churned through the coastal town just north of Fort Myers on Wednesday, flooding the building’s lower levels just as winds ripped the roof off — letting the pounding rain in from above. Doctors in the hospital were expecting issues, internal medicine specialist Birgit Bodine told The Associated Press.

“We didn’t anticipate that the roof would blow off on the fourth floor,” she said.

Doctors at the hospital are doing their best to care for patients on the…

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