Hundreds of people were afraid of death like history Hurricane Ian Devastation continues to wreak havoc in Florida, and the death toll is expected to rise, a sheriff in the hardest-hit area of the state announced early Thursday.
Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno told “Good Morning America“That the major hurricane was ‘a life-changing event for all of us,’ before adding ‘I certainly know the (confirmed) death toll is in the hundreds. “
“This is a life-changing event for all of us,” Sheriff Marcelo told GMA. “
I don’t have a confirmed number – I certainly know the death toll is in the hundreds,” he added.
“So far, has been confirmed in the hundreds.”
Hurricanes Are “Life-Changing Events For All Of Us,” Florida Sheriff Says Hurricane Ian
Marcelo noted that conditions were still too dangerous for his department and other rescue teams to reach the full extent of the damage. “There are thousands of people waiting to be rescued,” he said.
“There are thousands of people waiting to be rescued. And again, it’s not possible to get a real rating until we’ve actually assessed each scene, and we can’t reach everyone, that’s the problem,” he said.
The sheriff also warned that rescuers would “see things they’ve never seen before,” in relation to the mass drowning, according to the report. New York Post.
The storm was still too strong for rescue crews to fully survey the damage, mass drowning was feared
Lee County manager Roger Desjarlai said late Wednesday that the storm was still “too strong” for officials to begin rescue work, calling his community “devastated” by the storm. storm.
“We started to have the feeling that our community was, in some respects, decimated,” he said that night.
According to County Commissioner Kevin Ruane, more than 80% of the area remained without power as of Thursday, equivalent to more than 2.5 million people statewide, the Post reported.
“My heart goes out to them,” Ruane said of those trapped. “We will try to help them as soon as we can. We will get to them.”
President Joe Biden declares major disaster in Florida as record floods ravage Sunshine State
President Joe Biden has declared a major disaster in Florida so federal assistance can be provided across the state, including in hardest-hit areas like Lee County.
“Damage assessments are continuing in other areas, and additional areas may be designated to assist once assessments are fully completed,” the White House announced.
The White House emergency declaration came as Hurricane Ian was downgraded to a tropical storm early Thursday morning, however it could once again be upgraded to a hurricane because of “record flooding”. area paralysis.
“Life-threatening danger” runs through Friday in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina
Wind speeds of up to 155 mph, just two mph made it a Category 5 hurricane, as flood images showing entire areas submerged in water emerged Thursday morning.
A hospital emergency room was shown to have water running through it, as was local TV station WINK, which was captured with images of water up to 3 meters high covering the floor of the newsroom, according to the Post.
A “life-threatening surge risk” will persist for the remainder of Thursday and Friday in Florida as well as parts of Georgia and South Carolina, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 5 a.m. update.
Shade room Yesterday it was reported that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis warned the state’s residents that it was too late to evacuate safely if they had not already done so.