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Lee County Sheriff: “Fatalities in the hundreds” from Hurricane Ian

Ian-Fatalities – hundreds

That’s the Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno on ABC’s Good Morning America this morning saying Cat 4 Hurricane Ian was a mass killer.
The Sheriff admitted he does not have official numbers, but fears the worst.
More information will become available now that the sun has come up on the west coast of Florida.
Fort Myers Mayor Kevin Anderson told NBC’s “Today” that he had not been told of any deaths in the city. He said Ian by far was the worst storm he has witnessed since he first came to the area in the 1970s.
The original path of Hurricane Ian was to make landfall in Tampa Bay, but hours before the track changed and it hit further south near Fort Myers.
Perhaps many people did not evacuate along the coast and barrier islands in Lee County due to the emphasis that was placed on a Tampa landfall.
Ian is now a Tropical Storm with 65 mph winds as it slowly makes its way across central Florida.
The storm may strengthen back into a hurricane today when it emerges off the coast of Jacksonville into the Atlantic at takes aim at Georgia and South Carolina.
Powerful Ian has left millions of Floridians without power.

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Utility trucks are staged ahead of Hurricane Ian, near the Florida Turnpike, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, in Wildwood, Fla. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)