Hurricane Ian death toll reaches at least 94

Hurricane Lan Death Toll Reaches At Least 94

Local authorities estimate that at least 99 individuals in Florida have perished as a result of Hurricane Ian. According to the governor’s office, four additional deaths in North Carolina were attributed to the storm.

Hurricane Ian’s effects on Florida remained on Monday, days after the sky cleared and the winds slowed down. People faced another week without power, and others were being rescued from houses that were still flooded. Frustrations increased as the storm passed into Florida, and the remnants of the hurricane, now a nor’easter, weren’t finished with the United States.

Flooding rains were falling throughout the shores of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic. Forecasters warned that the storm’s onshore winds could add to the already overflowing Chesapeake Bay and threaten to bring about the worst tidal flooding in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia in more than a decade.

As they waited to see how catastrophic Monday’s tides would be, Norfolk and Virginia Beach proclaimed states of emergency. The National Weather Service warned that coastal flooding was probable from Long Island to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

In Florida, rescue and search operations were still going on Monday. According to Florida’s emergency management organisation, more than 1,600 individuals had been saved statewide.

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Mayor Ray Murphy of Fort Myers Beach stated on NBC’s “Today Show” that homeowners who were evacuated were mostly being kept away from their homes due to searches that would probably continue for a few more days.

Hundreds of thousands are still cut off due to washed-out bridges to barrier islands, flooded streets, sparse mobile coverage, and a lack of water, electricity, or the internet. Waterways were overflowing, leaving the rain that fell with nowhere to go, and it wasn’t anticipated that things would get better in many places for several days.

The Peace River and its tributaries in DeSoto County, which is northeast of Fort Myers, reached record high levels. Many residents of the 37,000-person rural county could only be reached by boat. According to the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office, which was cooperating with the efforts, the routes that were still above water were sealed.

Deputies said in a Facebook post that they were “currently working on organising teams to help find trapped homeowners and we are dispatching ATVs to help get rid of debris on routes that were impossible to travel over.”

Residents of rural Seminole County, which is located north of Orlando, put on waders, boots, and bug spray on Sunday to paddle to their flooded homes. After kayaking around Lake Harney, Ben Bertat discovered 4 inches of water inside his home.

Bertat added, pointing to the flooded road, “I think it’s going to become worse because all of this water has to get to the lake. “This entire swamp is saturated to the point that it can no longer absorb any more water. It doesn’t appear to be falling any farther.”

In Florida, there were still about 600,000 houses and businesses without electricity as of Monday morning, down from a peak of 2.6 million. However, that still represents almost all of Rhode Island’s clients.

According to Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie, the current objective is to restore power by Sunday to customers whose power lines and other electrical equipment are still in good condition. It excludes dwellings and locations where infrastructure has to be restored.

The state will be visited by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden on Wednesday. According to a statement from the Navy’s 2nd Fleet, the U.S. Navy postponed the U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford’s first-ever deployment to Virginia, the country’s most sophisticated aircraft carrier. On Monday, the carrier and other American ships were supposed to depart Norfolk for training drills with ships from other NATO nations in the Atlantic Ocean.

Over the past few days, workers from the Coast Guard, local governments, and private companies have used Jet Skis, boats, and even helicopters to rescue residents. After passing through Florida, Ian made another U.S. landfall as a much weaker hurricane in South Carolina. Authorities reported on Monday that virtually all of the power had been restored and workers were finishing up clearing sand from coastal roadways.

This story was produced in part by the following AP journalists: Richard Lardner in Washington, David Fischer in Miami, Brendan Farrington and Anthony Izaguirre in Tallahassee, Jeffrey Collins in Columbia, South Carolina, Sarah Rankin in Richmond, Virginia, Sarah Brumfield in Silver Spring, Maryland, and Rebecca Santana in Fort Myers.