Florida battered by hurricane, scores dead.
The number of deaths caused by Hurricane Ian could be “in the hundreds”, the sheriff of Lee County has said.
Carmine Marceno also told ABC’s Good Morning America that his office was receiving thousands of 911 calls from people who needed to be rescued.The county includes Fort Myers – one of the worst-affected areas.
Roads are said to be impassable and bridges are compromised.”It crushed us,” Mr Marceno said.”We still cannot access many of the people that are in need.”Damages from Hurricane Ian predicted to be ‘catastrophic’
The director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency has predicted that damages from Hurricane Ian will be “catastrophic” and thousands of people could be displaced long-term.When asked about damages, Deanne Criswell told CNN:
“I don’t think that we can quantify it yet.”But I can tell you that it is going to be catastrophic.” Ms Criswell also identified the worst affected part of Florida.”The area that has been hit the hardest – certainly from what we’re hearing right now – is Lee County,” she said.
“We know that there was significant storm surge there. “We know that their water system has been impacted, and we’re focused right now on getting some search and rescue teams, who have been out since 4.00am, to get into that area and identify who might need assistance, who might need to get rescued.
“The governors of South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia – all with territory on the east coast – have declared states of emergency. Forecasters are predicting Hurricane Ian will head towards those areas as a tropical storm. More rain is likely to be dumped into the weekend.
The governor of Virginia, Glenn Youngkin, said: “Hurricane Ian is a large, powerful storm, and current predictions indicate that it may impact parts of Virginia later this week into early next week.”We want to ensure that our communities have the resources needed to respond to and recover from any potential effects from the storm.”