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Florida: Man risks his life to save cat drowning in Hurricane Ian

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A Florida man put his life at risk to save a trapped cat during Hurricane Ian.

Megan Cruz Scavo filmed her boyfriend Michael wading through the raging waters to get the cat perched on top of an air conditioning unit.

He trudges over the rushing brown waters as waves hit his back in an attempt to reach the animal.

It was captured in Bonita, Florida, along the state’s southwest coast, where millions of residents were told to evacuate on Tuesday.

Megan captioned the viral video: ‘My boyfriend saving a cat from flood waters near Bonita Beach.’

In an update, Megan told everyone the cat was ‘safe’, adding ‘Michael gave it food and water and is inside his parents’ house’.

People asked whether the animal’s owners had abandoned it during the evacuation, but Megan responded, ‘I’m not sure – could be a stray.’

Ian is a Category 4 hurricane, which is the second highest level and means ‘catastrophic damage’ is expected as areas become ‘uninhabitable’.

Michael is filmed trudging over the rushing brown waters to reach the animal (Picture: @meghanscarvo)
The cat was perched on top of an air con outside a house (Picture: @meghanscarvo)

The state has now seen torrential rain reaching 18 inches and winds of up to 150mph.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said: ‘This is going to be a nasty two days.

‘There will be debris in the air and flooding powerful enough to move cars around. So please, do not be outside during this storm.’

Those who have not already evacuated have been told it is too late to leave and anyone remaining should shelter where they can.

Governor DeSanits added: ‘Mother nature is a very fearsome adversary, please heed those evacuations warnings.

‘You could see power outages, inland flooding, various types of tree damage from wind so be prepared for that.’

According to, more than one million homes across Florida are without electricity.

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