At least 65 people are estimated to have died from Hurricane Ian in Florida alone, with another four killed in storm-related incidents in North Carolina, according to Gov. Roy Cooper’s office. No deaths have been reported in South Carolina, according to South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster.
More than a thousand rescues
At least 1,100 rescues have been made in Florida since Ian made landfall in the state, Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a news conference on Saturday.
From the coasts of Florida to inland cities like Orlando, dangerous flooding has forced residents to live in desperate circumstances. In an Orlando neighborhood where deep waters have covered roads, some residents took boats to help others.
The Coast Guard rescued more than 275 people in Florida, Rear Admiral Brendan McPherson reported, and teams from FEMA and state and local agencies were conducting hundreds of additional rescues.
There are still floods and roads impassable by land
The biggest impacts remain in Florida, where river flooding may continue inland well into next week, forecasters warn, as recovery work progresses.
A swath of destruction cut across the Florida panhandle on Wednesday and Thursday, with communities along the southwest coast bearing the brunt of Ian’s storm surge as it made landfall.
President Biden said Friday that the destruction caused by Hurricane Ian in Florida is one of the biggest disasters the United States has seen recently.
More than 1.4 million utility customers were without power Saturday in four states in the wake of Ian, including 1.2 million in Florida, more than 203,000 in North Carolina, 59,000 in Virginia and 28,000 in South Carolina, according to PowerOutage.us. .
(Taken from The Opinion)