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Hurricane Ian: The Irwin family's message of support for Floridians


The Irwin family share a heartfelt message of support for their ‘friends, family and everyone in Florida’ affected by Hurricane Ian: ‘Our hearts are with you’

The Irwins have shared a message of support for Florida residents affected by Hurricane Ian, which just made landfall on the state’s south-western coast.

Bindi, whose husband Chandler Powell is from Florida and has relatives there, issued a statement via Instagram on behalf of her family on Thursday.

‘Sending strength to everyone in Florida during the enormous events of Hurricane Ian,’ the 24-year-old conservationist wrote.

The Irwins have shared a message of support for Florida residents affected by Hurricane Ian, which just made landfall on the state's south-western coast. (Pictured: Bindi, centre, with mother Terri, husband Chandler, brother Robert and daughter Grace)

The Irwins have shared a message of support for Florida residents affected by Hurricane Ian, which just made landfall on the state’s south-western coast. (Pictured: Bindi, centre, with mother Terri, husband Chandler, brother Robert and daughter Grace)

‘Our friends, family and everyone in Florida at this time – know our hearts are with you,’ she continued.

She also shared a photo of an American alligator, which is native to Florida.

Many of Bindi’s Floridian followers thanked the wildlife warrior for her kind words.

Bindi, whose husband Chandler Powell (left) is from Florida and has relatives there, issued a statement via Instagram on behalf of her family on Thursday

Bindi, whose husband Chandler Powell (left) is from Florida and has relatives there, issued a statement via Instagram on behalf of her family on Thursday 

One fan wrote ‘thanks from Jacksonville FL,’ while a Tampa resident said they were also ‘sending love to Australia’.

Hurricane Ian plowed into Florida’s Gulf Coast with catastrophic force on Wednesday, unleashing howling winds, torrential rains and a treacherous surge of ocean surf which made it one of the most powerful U.S. storms in recent years.

Ian made landfall at 3:05pm EDT near Cayo Costa, a barrier island just west of Fort Myers, as a Category 4 hurricane, with sustained winds of up to 150 mph (241 kph).

She also shared a photo of an American alligator, which is native to Florida

She also shared a photo of an American alligator, which is native to Florida 

Governor Ron DeSantis said Ian had generated life-threatening storm surges – waves of wind-driven seawater flooding along the coast – of up to 12 feet (3.7 metres) in some places.

Forecasters also warned of intense thunderstorms and possible tornadoes, with up to 2 feet of rain expected in parts of central Florida as the storm moved further inland.

‘This is a storm we will talk about for many years to come, a historic event,’ said Ken Graham, director of the National Weather Service.

Bindi married the Florida-born Chandler Powell in 2020

Bindi married the Florida-born Chandler Powell in 2020

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