Hurricane Ian’s death toll nears 90

Fort Myers scene after Hurricane Ian storm surge with 6 foot floods.
A scene in Fort Myers after Hurricane Ian. (Shutterstock)

With at least 83 people confirmed dead in Florida, some residents are still unaccounted five days after Hurricane Ian slammed into Southwest Florida as a Category 4 hurricane.

On Friday, rescue crews went door-to-door to over 3,000 homes in the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Ian.

The searches continued through the weekend. Ian washed away entire coastal communities, including Fort Myers Beach, which U.S. Rep Byron Donalds, R-Fla., said had been “obliterated.”

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Over the weekend the Florida Department of Transportation shut down a section of I-75 between Venice and North Port due to rising floodwaters.

What about the Carolinas? Ian hit Friday as a Category 1 hurricane. The storm was blamed for four deaths in North Carolina. It washed away four piers along the coast, including two at Myrtle Beach, S.C.

This story originally appeared in WORLD. © 2022, reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

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