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An aerial image shows destroyed houses in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., on Sept. 30, 2022.
The latest death toll is at least 80 people in the U.S. states of Florida and North Carolina from Hurricane Ian, which landed in southwest Florida as a Category 4 storm last week.
The numbers are frightening, as nearly 80 people died in Florida due to Ian, while four more were reported in North Carolina, media reports said Sunday, October 2.
In Lee County, Florida alone, the hurricane contributed to 42 deaths. County Sheriff Carmine Marceno told reporters that this death toll could be revised upward due to the insurmountable destruction as the storm passed.
Rescuers in Florida are exhausted as they have responded to 1,600 since Ian made landfall there Wednesday afternoon, September 28, according to Governor Ron DeSantis’ office.
Ian brought catastrophic surges, heavy rains and destructive winds, and dangerous flooding along the coast and inland in Florida.
The hurricane made landfall in South Carolina as a Category 1 on Friday afternoon, September 30, and weakened to a post-tropical cyclone that dissipated Saturday, October 1, in southern Virginia.
U.S. President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit Puerto Rico on Monday, Oct. 3, to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Fiona, which brought heavy rains, catastrophic injury and a power outage to the entire island last month, before travelling to Florida on Wednesday, Oct. 5.
On Friday, Sept. 30, Biden said that Hurricane Ian “will likely rank among the worst in our nation’s history.”