Hurricane Ian death toll at least 103

Five days later, more than 100 people are reported dead in Florida and North Carolina Hurricane Ian It slammed into the west coast of Florida as a powerful Category 4 hurricane and then continued to the east coast. Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno announced Monday that 54 deaths were now confirmed in that county, as the total death toll in Florida rose to at least 99 as of Monday night.

The CBS News figure exceeds Florida’s official state number because, in some cases, county officials are confirming deaths more quickly than state officials.

Four deaths from the storm have been reported in North Carolina, bringing the death toll in the US to at least 103.

Before hitting Florida, the storm killed at least three people in Cuba, where it power down across the island.

Days after Ian paved a path of destruction from Florida to the Carolinas, the danger remained, and in some places got worse. It was clear that the road to recovery from this monstrous storm would be long and painful.

And Ian still wasn’t done. The storm lashed Virginia with rain on Sunday, and officials warned that major flooding was possible along its coast on Monday.

Search and rescue team members from Miami, including Pasco, a black Labrador retriever, search debris for missing persons at Fort Myers Beach, two days after Hurricane Ian struck the west coast of Florida as a Category 4 hurricane .

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Cody Poche said Ian’s remains moved offshore and formed a nor’easter, which was expected to accumulate even more water in the already submerged Chesapeake Bay and in the Hampton Roads area of ​​Virginia over the past 10 to 15 years. Threatened to cause the most significant tidal flood event. , a National Weather Service meteorologist. Norfolk and Virginia Beach declared states of emergency.

Higher-than-normal tides can be observed in other parts of the Atlantic coast. The island city of Chincoteague, Virginia, declared a state of emergency on Sunday and strongly recommended residents in some areas to evacuate. The East Coast and the northern part of the Outer Banks of North Carolina were also likely to be affected.

With the death toll rising, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Dean Criswell said the federal government was ready for a bigger helping hand, focusing on victims in Florida that borne the brunt of one of the strongest storms to make landfall. raised. in the United States of America. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are planning to visit the state on Wednesday.

Flooded roadways and washed-out bridges left many people isolated, amid limited cellphone service and a lack of basic amenities such as water, electricity and internet. Officials warned that the situation is not expected to improve for several days in many areas as waterways are overflowing and there is no shelter for rain.

About 600,000 homes and businesses in Florida had no electricity on Monday morning, down from a peak of 2.6 million.

Kevin Guthrie, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, said Monday that the current goal is to restore power by Sunday to customers whose power lines and other electrical infrastructure are still intact. This does not include homes or areas where infrastructure reconstruction is required.

According to Florida’s Emergency Management Agency, more than 1,600 people have been rescued across the state.

Rescue operations were underway, particularly to disrupt islands near Fort Myers in southwest Florida, which were cut off from the mainland when the storm destroyed bridges and bridges.

The state will build a temporary traffic route for the largest, Pine Island, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Sunday, adding that the Department of Transportation was approved the allocation to build it this week.

“It’s not going to be a full bridge, you’re probably going to have to go at 5 mph or something, but it will at least let people in and out of the island with their vehicles,” the governor said at a news conference.

According to a statement from the Navy’s Second Fleet, in Virginia, the US Navy launched the USS Gerald R. Ford postponed the first deployment of the nation’s most advanced aircraft carrier. The carrier and other US ships were scheduled to leave Norfolk on Monday for a training exercise in the Atlantic Ocean with ships from other NATO countries.

Coast Guard, Municipal Corporation and private personnel have been using helicopters, boats and even jet skis to evacuate people for the past several days.

In rural Seminole County north of Orlando, residents donned waders, boots and bug spray to paddle their flooded homes on Sunday.

Ben Burratt found 4 inches of water in his house on the shores of Lake Harney after kayaking there.

“I think it’s going to get worse because all this water has to go up to the lake,” said Bertat, pointing to the flooding on a nearby road. “With the saturation of the ground, all this swamp is filled and it can’t take any more water. It doesn’t look like it’s depleting any more.”

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