Hurricane Ian leaves at least 50 dead in Florida, and four in North Carolina

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Hurricane Ian leaves at least 50 dead in Florida, and four in North Carolina

The authorities of Floridareported this Saturday 53 deaths from Hurricane Ian while the governor of North Carolina reported Four confirmed deaths from the powerful cyclone, which has so far left no fatalities in South Carolina.

According to the Florida Medical Examiners Commission, up to This Saturday, 53 deaths had been reported by Ian, the largest number of them in Lee County, on the southwest coast of this state, the most impacted area and where the hurricane hit. touched landed last Wednesday with maximum sustained winds of 240 km/h.

For his part, the governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper, informed today that four deaths have been registered for the moment, three of them due to vehicle accidents that occurred on Friday due to the weather conditions caused by Ian, who that day touched down on the road. land in neighboring South Carolina and shortly thereafter was degraded. a post-tropical cyclone.

No deaths have been reported in that state, according to its governor, Henry McMaster, who said today thatelectricity has been almost fully restored. “There's some damage, some angst, there's work to be done. But overall, it's a good story,” he summarized. McMaster.

In Florida, on the other hand, the story is very different, where this Saturday, three days after the impact of the cyclone, they still remain in shelters erected by the authorities for more than 10,000 peopleofficials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) displaced in the area told the media.

They added that they continue to carry out rescue operations for people who are still trapped in their homes, especially on the islands of Sanibel and the town of Latchala, where there is still no drinking water, electricity or basic infrastructure.

One of Ian's survivors was George Luty, a resident of the Oyster Bay mobile park on San Carlos Island, which is part of Fort Myers Beach.

This 44-year-old man recounted ; to Efe that he should have He dived to escape his flooded home as a result of rising sea levels (in parts up to more than four meters) due to storm surge.

“I was there for hours I crouched on my porch for hours, never in my life was I so scared.I really thought I was going to die,” he confessed.

According to data from the office of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, more than a thousand rescues had been carried out as of this morning.

In Lee County, where These communities and the entire area of ​​Fort Myers are settled, and where authorities today reported 35 deaths, 73% of its population was still without electricity until this noon

Executives from FPL, Florida's main energy company, said that in the first 48 hours after the impact of the hurricanethe power restoration process has surpassed what they achieved five years ago, when hurricane Irma impacted the city. this state and the firm reached a record.

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He added that more than 1.6 million liters of gasolinehave been brought to Southwest Floridaand that more than 1,300 miles of roads have been opened.

The US National Hurricane Center (NHC). that the post-tropical cyclone can produce up to 100 milliliters of rain today over the center of the Appalachian mountain range, that is, in areas of Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia, where flooding and strong gusts of wind.

The meteorologists estimate that Ian could dissipate during the course of this afternoon or evening, while moving over the state of Virginia.