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Hurricane Ian death toll passes 40, spans eight counties. Damage is 'worst thing I've seen,' county official says

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MIAMI — Florida officials estimated more than 40 deaths across eight counties linked to Hurricane Ian, including from drowning and disconnected oxygen machines due to power outages.

The Florida Medical Examiners Commission on Friday reported seven drowning victims across Volusia and Collier counties, ranging in age from 64 to 91. The youngest fatality confirmed by the Florida Medical Examiners Commission was a 22-year-old woman in Manatee County.

Here is a summary of what Florida officials have reported by county:

CHARLOTTE COUNTY

12 deaths, all unconfirmed, according to Kevin Guthrie, Florida’s emergency management director

The medical examiner must determine if a death is storm-related or not, Guthrie said, which is why several counties have reported some deaths as “unconfirmed” for the time being.

 

COLLIER COUNTY

Three confirmed deaths from drowning. The victims included a 73-year-old women who was found on Thursday; a 73-year-old woman who was found on Wednesday; and a 64-year-old women who was found on Wednesday.

Guthrie said Friday morning that there were eight unconfirmed deaths in Collier County.

It was unclear if the three confirmed Collier County deaths announced Friday evening were included in the eight that Guthrie mentioned earlier in the day.

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