Death Toll Rises As Extent of Damage From Hurricane Ian Remains Unclear
Hurricane Ian is responsible for at least 34 confirmed deaths in the United States and the death toll may rise even higher. The storm is bringing deadly storm surges and widespread flooding. At least 747 people have been rescued. More than a thousand people have been rescued from flooded areas in Florida, according to four-star general Daniel Hokanson of the Florida National Guard.
More than 700 confirmed rescues
In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, the state of Florida has seen more than 700 confirmed rescues. The damage from Hurricane Ian is staggering and the number of people rescued is expected to increase. The governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, has announced that 1.9 million customers are still without electricity, and half a dozen healthcare facilities were evacuated due to lack of power.
Deadly storm surge
After battering coastal South Carolina and Florida with 150mph winds and a 5.5-meter storm surge, Hurricane Ian’s deadly floodwaters and downed power lines are leaving a trail of destruction. The storm, one of the strongest to hit the U.S. mainland, left thousands trapped in their homes and caused massive damage. While the exact death toll from Hurricane Ian is unclear at the moment, authorities fear that this could be the worst natural disaster in the history of Florida. Historically, hurricanes have struck Florida periodically and often have devastating effects.
Hurricane Ian is still a dangerous Category 3 hurricane and has brought widespread flooding to the southern United States. The storm has already killed at least 77 people in North Carolina and four in South Carolina. The storm’s storm surge is expected to exceed five feet in some areas. The South Carolina coast is under hurricane warnings, and residents are being told to stay indoors.
The death toll from Hurricane Ian has risen to at least 21 people, and the exact extent of damage remains unclear. The storm made landfall in southwest Florida near Cayo Costa with 150 mph winds. A county manager reported that the damage was extensive in Lee County, which includes Fort Myers and Cape Coral. Rescue crews waited for the winds to subside before they headed out to help people. The storm caused power outages and power cuts across the area, and many people were trapped in their homes.
As of Friday evening, the death toll from Hurricane Ian in the United States has risen to at least 27 people. The storm, one of the strongest to hit the U.S. in history, battered western Cuba before moving eastward and across Florida, from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. Its final assault was on the Carolinas, leaving more than 2 million people without power and causing widespread destruction.
Sanibel Island hit hard
As the death toll increases, the extent of damage from Hurricane Ian remains largely a mystery. The storm caused significant damage to the Sanibel Causeway, the only bridge connecting Sanibel Island with mainland Florida. The barrier island is home to approximately 6,500 residents. It is unclear how long it will take to repair the damaged portion of the bridge.