US Dozens Dead From Hurricane Ian With Numbers Rising, Likely Caused $100 Billion In Damages
Hurricane Ian lashes Cuba, aims at Florida as possible Cat 4
HAVANA (AP) — A strengthening Hurricane Ian’s rain and winds lashed Cuba’s western tip, where authorities have evacuated 50,000 people, as it roared on a path that could see it hit Florida’s west coast as a Category 4 hurricane. © Provided by Associated Press Workers remove a boat from the water in the bay of Havana, Cuba, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. Hurricane Ian was growing stronger as it approached the western tip of Cuba on a track to hit the west coast of Florida as a major hurricane as early as Wednesday.
The death toll fromis currently rising as search and rescue efforts are underway in Florida, and estimates place the cost of the damage caused by the hurricane at some staggering figures.
A total of 30 people were reported dead, including 27 in Florida, the Associated Presson Saturday. The actual number is likely far higher, however, as Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno announced in a on the same day that there are 35 deaths in his Florida county alone.
NBC News alsoon Friday that based on numbers from state officials as well as their own count, at least 34 are deceased due to the hurricane, while ABC News reported at least 52 deaths, citing numbers from local officials.
Residents trapped, 911 down as Hurricane Ian makes landfall in Florida
Residents are trapped by water in homes and streets are unrecognizable, underwater as Hurricane Ian made landfall in southwest Florida on, Wednesday afternoon, crashing into the coast with sustained wind of 155 mph. 1/3 SLIDES © the Naples Police Department The scene in Naples, Fla., near where Hurricane Ian made landfall Wednesday afternoon with sustained winds of 150 mph and a 12- to 18-foot storm surge. Photo courtesy of the Naples Police Department 2/3 SLIDES © NOAA/UPI A satellite image shows Hurricane Ian Tuesday off the coast of Key West, Florida.
Marceno said in the video authorities are working to notify next of kin before releasing names and official numbers. He added that more than 600 rescues have occurred in the wake of the deadly hurricane.
According to estimates from disaster modeling firm Karen Clark & Co., the cost of damage caused by Hurricane Ian could be “well over $100 billion.” That number would include $63 billion in privately insured losses.
President Joe Biden tweeted on Saturday that Hurricane Ian’s destruction is “likely to rank among the worst in the nation’s history.”
“We’re beginning to see the scale of the devastation in Florida which is likely to rank among the worst in the nation’s history,” he tweeted. “Our hearts break for the folks whose lives have been devastated by this storm.”
Tropical Storm Ian still pounding Florida in '500-year flooding event'; 2.6M without power: Live updates
A section of the Sanibel Causeway collapsed into San Carlos Bay, cutting off access to the barrier island. Tropical Storm Ian updates.The death toll was rising and residents desperately sought rescue Thursday as historically powerful Hurricane Ian, now a tropical storm, hammered Florida with heavy rain and strong winds, one of the strongest systems in U.S. history.
We’re beginning to see the scale of the devastation in Florida which is likely to rank among the worst in the nation’s history.
Our hearts break for the folks whose lives have been devastated by this storm.
We are with you. And we’ll stay at it for as long as it takes.
— President Biden (@POTUS)
Various locations have been set up in areas hit worst by the hurricane like For Myers offering food and water to residents, a list of which can be foundThe post . More than one million people remain without power in the state as of Saturday. first appeared on .
Floridians adamant about rebuilding in areas devastated by Hurricane Ian .
Floridians whose homes and businesses were destroyed during Hurricane Ian are adamant about rebuilding the communities that were destroyed during Hurricane Ian. Your browser does not support this video Images out of some of the hardest hit regions like Sanibel Island and Fort Myers Beach show entire neighborhoods reduced to rubble after menacing storm surge and Category 4 hurricane force winds ripped through southwest Florida on Oct. 28.