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Aerial footage captures complete devastation in Fort Myers; Hurricane Ian death toll rises to 21

(FORT MYERS, FLA) — At least 21 people died after Hurricane Ian slammed into Southwest Florida as the 5th strongest storm to hit the U.S.

Aerial footage captures complete devastation throughout Fort Myers, showing submerged property, cars, and complexes due to a max storm surge of 16 feet.

Experts predict a rising death toll within the coming days, as emergency authorities work quickly to recover missing people due to flooding.

In a press conference Thursday, President Biden said Hurricane Ian may be the “deadliest hurricane in Florida’s history,” emphasizing the federal government’s full cooperation with the state of Florida.

“The numbers are still unclear, but we’re hearing early reports of what may be substantial loss of life,” Biden said after informed of FEMA’s disaster retort.

 

Hurricane Ian knocked out power to roughly 2.7 million FPL customers, mainly in Southwest FL.

700 rescues have been carried out so far and include the National Guard, the U.S. Coast Guard, and ‘urban search-and-rescue teams,’ according to Gov. Ron Desantis.

The National Hurricane center predicts Ian will strengthen to a Cat 1., taking aim at South Carolina with winds of 85 mph and a ‘life-threatening storm surge.’