Video shows the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Ian
Hurricane Ian, one of the biggest storms to ever hit the U.S., left more than 2 million people without power, damaged homes and blocked crucial roadways, leaving many trapped.
Mayor Kevin Anderson told news outlets that the damage to the marina was “horrific”. Fort Myers Beach saw “total devastation, catastrophic” after the hurricane hit, according to a town councilman.
Helicopter footage showed debris and vacant lots where homes and other buildings had been swept away in Fort Myers Beach. The county has asked for support from FEMA after experiencing a water main break at their county water utility.
Rescuers have reached more than 200 people in the city of Fort Myers, and officials are trying to clean up the area.
Councilman Dan Allers said that 90% of his town was destroyed and that nobody had a high-rise condo or newer concrete home. Allers evacuated to higher ground during the storm, but later discovered that his own home was lost. He pleaded for federal assistance.
Gov. Ron DeSantis described the damage caused by Hurricane Ian as “destruction” and said that the number of deaths could increase significantly as crews go into communities.
DeSantis traveled to Southwest Florida and held a news conference where he said people had been rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard and local law-enforcement air operations. He said the causeway to Sanibel Island will be rebuilt.
For additional insight on the continued impact of this deadly hurricane, please consider the news outlets listed below to stay in the know.
- Photos show the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Ian CNBC
- Hurricane Ian lashes South Carolina coast with wind; Florida officials report more deaths Fox News
- Chicago groups lending hand to those impacted by Ian WGN News
- What does Sanibel Island look like after Hurricane Ian? See for yourself Miami Herald
- Rochester residents worry about family, friends in path of Ian KTTC
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