Ian leaves extensive damage across parts of Florida

Hurricane Ian’s passage through Florida has left a path of destruction, especially in the southwest and center of this southern state, where there are more than 2.6 million people without power, thousands are still trapped in their homes flooded with water, some roads are impassable and the authorities speak of two possible deaths.

“It crushed us,” Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno confessed to ABC’s “Good Morning America” program, who announced that the deaths will be counted by “hundreds”, an assertion that was later qualified by the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, who referred to two possible deaths.

“We have had two unconfirmed deaths, in the sense that we don’t know if they are related to the storm. Our guess is that they probably are,” DeSantis said at a news conference in Tallahassee, the state capital, where he noted that it is still premature to give a first official count of fatalities.

One of those possible victims is a 72-year-old man from the town of Deltona, northeast of Orlando, who perished early Thursday morning after falling into a canal while emptying his pool amid heavy rain, according to Orlando Police. Volusia County, in central Florida.

In Lee County, where Fort Myers and Ian’s impact zone sit, roads and bridges remain impassable, keeping thousands of people trapped in their homes and, those who have not lost connection, ask for help to the phone of 911 emergency, some of whom are being rescued by helicopters. “We still can’t access many of the people who need it,” Marceno confessed.

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The elevated road that connects Fort Myers with the island of Sanibel, home to more than 6,000 people, has been split in two and with several sections destroyed due to the impact of Ian, which yesterday had been downgraded to a tropical storm but was still capable of damage and cause flooding.

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Deaths.

Preliminary death tolls from the destruction caused by Hurricane Ian in Florida rise to at least 15, according to various US media such as CNN.

Losses.

Estimates of insured property losses range “widely” between $30 billion and $50 billion.

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