At publication time, Hurricane Ian has passed over Florida and has touched down in South Carolina. Nearly two million Florida residents are without power. The estimated fatalities from Hurricane Ian is now over 20.
Florida Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie stated on Friday that the number of deaths could be higher than reported. Hurricane Ian was a Category 4 storm when it reached the west coast of Florida on Wednesday with winds over 125 mph during most of its path through Central Florida.
On Friday, President Biden spoke with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Deanne Criswell. The White House indicated that efforts will be made to "prioritize lifesaving actions and ensure delivery of essential services and support to survivors."
At least a dozen Coast Guard aircraft have rescued over 80 individuals in southwest Florida. The Army Corps of Engineers has deployed forces to evaluate all of the bridges, roads and infrastructure in the devastated area.
Governor DeSantis indicated that over 3,000 individuals have been rescued from flooded homes in the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Ian. Over 80% of the devastated...