Rescuers searched for survivors among the ruins of flooded homes in Florida.Authorities in South Carolina have begun assessing damage from the hurricane that struck the United States as it continued to move northward.
A powerful storm terrorized millions of people for most of the week, hitting western Cuba before traversing Florida from the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean, enough for a final assault on South Carolina. I have gathered a lot of power.
At least 28 people died in the storm.
As of Saturday afternoon, approximately 1.2 million homes and businesses remained without power in Florida, with hundreds of thousands of power outages. report Crossing Carolina and Virginia.
At a press conference Saturday morning, FEMA and U.S. Coast Guard officials said about 4,000 people had been rescued in Florida by local, state and federal officials, the majority coming from the barrier islands. . About 10,000 people are still in shelters, according to the Red Cross, and authorities have yet to decide what kind of temporary housing will be set up for the displaced.
At least 145 hospitals and medical facilities in Florida were affected by Hurricane Ian. Of those, 10 emergency departments were completely evacuated. The US Army Corps of Engineers continues to assess the damage.
“There is an impact on the hospital system,” FEMA deputy administrator Ann Bink said, adding that FEMA is particularly involved in the “mass supply of water” to affected medical facilities in Lee County.
Damage assessments are still underway, but independent experts estimate the damage to be in the tens of billions of dollars.
Meanwhile, on Sanibel Island, the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will send barges as a short-term solution to bring equipment and supplies to the destroyed island.
Rear Adm. Brandon McPherson of the U.S. Coast Guard said, “This area will be non-functional for a long time.” “There is no water there. There is no basic infrastructure. , they realized it was not a viable option.”
In South Carolina, Ian’s center landed near Georgetown, a small community along Winya Bay about 60 miles north of historic Charleston. The storm washed away part of her four piers along the coast, two of which lead to popular tourist destination Myrtle Beach.
At a press conference Saturday afternoon, Gov. Henry McMaster said the state needs to clean up and rebuild, especially in the northwest corner of the state where residents have seen large amounts of water. But overall, he said it was a “good story” for South Carolina. No deaths from the storm were reported, hospitals were unharmed, the water system was working, and most residents who lost power had already been restored by Saturday morning.
“We are in business,” the governor said.
However, new problems continued to arise in some places. Fourteen miles (14 miles) of Florida’s Interstate 75 was closed in both directions in the Port Charlotte area late Friday as the Myakka River swelled with so much water.
In the Sarasota suburb of North Point, Fla., residents of a country club bridge subdivision walked through a flooded street on Friday. through the water of
“I really don’t feel much. That’s what God does, isn’t it?” he said. “So all you can do is pray and hope that tomorrow will be better.”
Ian, who is now weakened by a tropical storm, was scheduled to travel through central North Carolina on Saturday morning before traveling to Virginia and New York.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/hurricane-ian-survivors-search-storm-death-toll/ Rescuers continue search for Hurricane Ian survivors in Florida