Washington: As of Saturday evening, more than 30 people have been reportedly confirmed dead in the United States due to Hurricane Ian, including 28 in the southeasternmost state of Florida.
At least 1,100 rescues have been made in Florida since Ian made landfall there as a Category 4 hurricane on Wednesday afternoon, Governor Ron DeSantis told reporters on Saturday.
Ian brought catastrophic storm surges, heavy rains and destructive winds, and dangerous flooding to both Florida’s coast and inland areas.
Ian made landfall in South Carolina as Category 1 hurricane on Friday afternoon and has weakened to a post-tropical cyclone.
US President Joe Biden said at the White House on Friday that Hurricane Ian “is likely to rank among the worst in the nation’s history.”
“We’re just beginning to see the scale of that destruction,” Biden added. “It’s going to take months, years to rebuild.”
Estimated losses from Ian’s wind and storm surges are between 28 billion and 47 billion US dollars, according to CoreLogic, a US research firm that estimates losses from natural disasters.