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Ian restoration efforts start in Florida and the Carolinas: Stay updates – CNN

As post-tropical cyclone Ian continues to weaken close to the Virginia-North Carolina border, the Nationwide Hurricane Middle warns that “main to report” river flooding might proceed by means of subsequent week in areas of Florida.

Heavy rain and gusty winds will impact parts of the Mid-Atlantic area and New England coast Saturday, the Nationwide Climate Prediction Middle stated, and “restricted flash, city, and small stream flooding” is possible throughout the central Appalachians and southern Mid-Atlantic this weekend, based on the NHC.

Here is what we all know proper now:

Deaths: No less than 45 individuals have been killed after Hurricane Ian tore by means of Florida from Wednesday by means of Friday.

That is the present CNN dying toll by county in Florida:

  • Lee County: 16
  • Charlotte County: 12
  • Collier County: 8
  • Volusia County: 4
  • Sarasota County: 2
  • Lake County: 1
  • Manatee County: 1
  • Polk County: 1

Energy outages: About 1.7 million clients are nonetheless without power in 4 states, together with greater than 1.2 million in Florida alone. Greater than 337,000 clients in North Carolina have misplaced energy, largely within the central area of the state. In South Carolina, about 57,000 clients are with out energy alongside the northeast a part of the state. In Virginia, greater than 91,000 clients have misplaced energy.

A spokesperson for Florida Energy & Gentle stated it might take weeks to revive energy in Florida’s hardest-hit southwestern areas.


This week, Ian left a path of destruction felt most intensely in Florida’s southwestern coastal communities, together with Fort Myers and Naples. Tampa, Orlando and cities alongside Florida’s northeastern coast had been additionally impacted by downpours, flooding and excessive winds.

“I made it about two-thirds down the island and I’d say 90% of the island is just about gone,” Fort Myers Seaside City Councilman Dan Allers stated. “Until you may have a high-rise rental or a more moderen concrete residence that’s constructed to the identical requirements in the present day, your own home is just about gone.”

Sanibel and Captiva islands have been cut off from the mainland after components of a causeway had been obliterated by the storm.

See striking before-and-after images here.

Storm surge additionally set information for the very best water ranges ever noticed in a number of areas, resembling Fort Myers and Naples.

Radar estimates recommend effectively over 12 inches of rain fell in simply 12 to 24 hours in a large swath from Port Charlotte to Orlando. In a number of the hardest-hit areas, Hurricane Ian produced 1-in-1,000-year rainfall, based on knowledge from the Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Authorities in South Carolina started cataloging damage on Pawleys Island, a coastal city roughly 70 miles north of Charleston. The most important concern there, based on the mayor, is the best way to take away particles so the island might be protected once more.

“It was a Class 1 hurricane, however we skilled great storm surge in the present day, most likely past what most individuals anticipated,” Mayor Brian Henry instructed CNN’s Jake Tapper on Friday.

Restoration: As residents return to houses that in some instances have been splintered or flooded out because of the storm, a whole bunch of rescues have taken place as federal, state and native crews work to assist restoration efforts.

The US Coast Guard has rescued greater than 275 individuals in Florida, based on Rear Adm. Brendan McPherson, and a whole bunch of further rescues had been being carried out by groups from FEMA and native and state companies. However post-storm situations stay an enormous problem, he instructed CNN on Friday.

“We’re flying and we’re working in areas which can be unrecognizable. There’s no avenue indicators. They don’t appear like they used to appear like. Buildings that had been as soon as benchmarks locally are not there,” he stated.

In a speech Friday on the White Home, President Biden stated it might take years for some locations to rebuild. “We’re simply starting to see the dimensions of that destruction,” he stated.

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