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The largest polluter in the U.S. military reveals ambitious plan for bases to go net-zero

The plan includes a goal of operating bases at net-zero emissions by 2046 while moving toward “sustainable aviation fuel blends.”
A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle takes off from Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan in 2011.
A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle takes off from Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan in 2011.

Florida communities destroyed by Hurricane Ian

Two days after Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida, the state is surveying the damage as entire neighborhoods remain submerged in water while others have been reduced to rubble. Lester Holt is on the ground reporting on the scale of the storm’s fury.
Florida communities destroyed by Hurricane Ian
Florida communities destroyed by Hurricane Ian

Sanibel Island cut off from mainland Florida due to Hurricane Ian

Hurricane Ian’s wind and storm surge tore Sanibel Island to shreds, prompting a massive rescue effort. NBC News’ Morgan Chesky gives us an aerial view of the damage to the barrier island which is now only accessible by boat or helicopter.
Sanibel Island cut off from mainland Florida due to Hurricane Ian
Sanibel Island cut off from mainland Florida due to Hurricane Ian

Hurricane Ian’s trail of destruction spans across Central Florida

In Florida, Ian’s trail of destruction stretches from coast to coast as emergency evacuations continued into this morning. NBC News’ Jesse Kirsch reports from Orlando where entire communities remain underwater after the monster hurricane.
Hurricane Ian’s trail of destruction spans across Central Florida
Hurricane Ian’s trail of destruction spans across Central Florida

Hurricane Ian leaves Florida hospitals in shambles

In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, hundreds of patients are being rushed out of hospitals with no working water and, in some cases, power, according to Florida’s governor. NBC News’ Sam Brock has more details on the impact of the storm on the health care system.
Hurricane Ian leaves Florida hospitals in shambles
Hurricane Ian leaves Florida hospitals in shambles

Hurricane Ian slams South Carolina coast

Hurricane Ian continued its surge today as it slammed into South Carolina’s coastline, making its second landfall in the U.S. NBC News’ Emilie Ikeda has the latest on the communities getting hit by the Category 1 storm.
Hurricane Ian slams South Carolina coast
Hurricane Ian slams South Carolina coast

Florida residents take care of each other following Hurricane Ian

The sheer magnitude of Hurricane Ian’s destruction is a solemn reminder of the importance of looking out for one another in times of darkness. Lester’s closing message for our show each night – “Take care of yourself and each other” – takes on a deeper resonance in the aftermath of the storm.
Florida residents take care of each other following Hurricane Ian
Florida residents take care of each other following Hurricane Ian

Hurricane Ian cuts off island of Sanibel from mainland Florida

Sections of the Sanibel Causeway in Florida were destroyed by Hurricane Ian, cutting off access to the island community. Sanibel’s Mayor Holly Smith spoke with Lester Holt on the island’s rescue efforts.
Hurricane Ian cuts off island of Sanibel from mainland Florida
Hurricane Ian cuts off island of Sanibel from mainland Florida

Naples, Florida recovering after Hurricane Ian rocked community

Hurricane Ian’s record-breaking storm surge forced Naples, Florida firefighters to get creative in their rescue efforts. NBC News’ Sam Brock spoke with residents about the shock and pain felt over the last 24 hours.
Naples, Florida recovering after Hurricane Ian rocked community
Naples, Florida recovering after Hurricane Ian rocked community

Ian’s flood waters force evacuations in Central Florida

In Orlando, Florida, Hurricane Ian brought fast-rising flood waters that devastated many people living in the community. Fire and rescue crews spent hours pulling residents from a senior living facility to safety. NBC News’ Blayne Alexander has more details on the record rainfall and the recovery efforts.
Ian’s flood waters force evacuations in Central Florida
Ian’s flood waters force evacuations in Central Florida

Rescue missions underway in Hurricane Ian aftermath

Hurricane Ian's devastation is coming into focus as first responders desperately try to reach those who have been cut off or are in distress. In hard-hit Punta Gorda, NBC News' Kerry Sanders meets a couple as they reach out to loved ones after a harrowing night weathering the storm.
Rescue missions underway in Hurricane Ian aftermath
Rescue missions underway in Hurricane Ian aftermath