Hurricane Ian, which hit southwestern Florida as a Category 4 storm last week, has killed at least 80 people in the US states of Florida and North Carolina. Media outlets reported on Sunday that Ian has killed at least 76 people in Florida and four people in North Carolina.
Only in Lee County, Florida, 42 people died because of the hurricane. County Sheriff Carmine Marceno told reporters that they don’t know how many people have died because the damage to the county is so bad that it can’t be fixed. He said, “Those numbers could go up.” “I’m not sure. I really hope they don’t.”
The office of Gov. Ron DeSantis says that more than 1,600 people have been saved in Florida since Hurricane Ian hit the state on Wednesday afternoon. The storm caused dangerous flooding along the coast and in the middle of Florida because of the storm surge, heavy rain, and strong winds.
Ian hit South Carolina as a Category 1 storm on Friday afternoon. After that, it got weaker and became a post-tropical cyclone. On Saturday, it broke up over southern Virginia. US Vice President Joe Biden is going to Puerto Rico on Monday to look at the damage caused by Hurricane Fiona. Hurricane Fiona brought heavy rain, a lot of damage, and a blackout for the whole island. States last month, and on Wednesday, I was on my way to Florida.
On Friday, Biden said that Hurricane Ian was “probably one of the worst in U.S. history.” CoreLogic, a US research company that figures out how much damage natural disasters do, says the wind and storm surge caused by Ian could cost anywhere from US$28 billion to US$47 billion.