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As Ian's aftermath is felt across Florida, its destruction comes into view

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TAMPA, Fla. — It wasn’t just the coastline, though it took most of the blow.

As Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida on Wednesday, the beach towns were the first to go as water and winds up to 150 mph decimated paradise towns from Fort Myers Beach to Punta Gorda — a city familiar with disaster, taking close to a decade to recover from ...Read more

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Hurricane Ian's death toll may have surpassed 50, officials say

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MIAMI — Florida officials estimate there may be more than 50 deaths across eight counties linked to Hurricane Ian.

At least 18 of the people who died drowned. Three died when their oxygen machines stopped working due to power outages.

The youngest fatality confirmed by the Florida Medical Examiners Commission was a 22-year-old woman in ...Read more

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Biden calls Hurricane Ian 'an American crisis' as South Carolina hit, Florida devastated

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WASHINGTON — Hurricane Ian is “likely to rank among the worst in the nation’s history” and is posing a crisis to the nation, President Joe Biden said on Friday, addressing the powerful storm that devastated Florida this week and reconstituted Friday in the Atlantic for a second U.S. landfall in South Carolina.

“It’s not just a ...Read more

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Ian, in the Carolinas, is no longer a hurricane, but heavy rains and flooding continue

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Ian is no longer a hurricane.

The now-post tropical cyclone has brought heavy rains, flash flooding and high winds to the Carolinas since reaching the coast Friday afternoon.

Ian previously left a stretch of the Southwest Florida coast in ruins as a Category 4 and crossed the state as a tropical storm. It later gained strength and became a ...Read more

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Protests continue in Cuba after days without power in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian

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Cubans in several neighborhoods in Havana and other cities took to the streets again on Friday, banging pots and pans and demanding the restoration of electrical service as they had done Thursday, after a failure in Cuba’s dilapidated power grid left the country in near total darkness since Tuesday.

Cuba’s Electrical Union blamed Hurricane ...Read more

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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...Read more

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Want to help? Hurricane Ian causes blood shortage in Southeast

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Hurricane Ian has hampered blood collection throughout the Southeast, and agencies say they’re hoping people will come out to donate once the storm has passed.

The Red Cross and the Blood Connection say they sent blood to Florida in advance of Ian to help with an expected shortfall in collections there. Now that the storm ...Read more

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Historic storm surge. Record flooding. Ian's lesson in the rising risk of hurricanes

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Hurricane Ian came ashore with devastating near-Category 5 winds that peeled the roofs off homes and uprooted trees.

But for most of Florida, the greatest hurricane threat was the water.

The combination of epic storm surge along the coast and unprecedented rains inland flooded homes across a huge swath of the state. It’s the risk ...Read more

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Dozens of people helicoptered off Sanibel Island after rescue by Miami-Dade team

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MIAMI — Residents stranded on Sanibel Island by Hurricane Ian flew to the mainland by U.S. Army helicopters after Miami-Dade County rescuers reached them, according to footage released by the agency.

Footage provided by Miami-Dade’s Fire Rescue department shows one firefighter on Thursday carrying a woman to a an all-terrain vehicle in ...Read more

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Hurricane Ian makes landfall in South Carolina, targeting coastal areas

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Hurricane Ian made landfall in South Carolina Friday just after 2 p.m. Eastern time, hours after its rain and wind began whipping across coastal areas of the state leading to power outages, localized flooding and heavy rain.

The storm arrived at 2:05 p.m., touching down near Georgetown as a Category 1 hurricane. Ian made its ...Read more

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Biden calls Hurricane Ian 'an American crisis' as South Carolina hit, Florida devastated

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WASHINGTON — Hurricane Ian is “likely to rank among the worst in the nation’s history” and is posing a crisis to the nation, President Joe Biden said Friday, addressing the powerful storm that devastated Florida this week and reconstituted Friday in the Atlantic for a second U.S. landfall in South Carolina.

“It’s not just a crisis ...Read more

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Hurricane Ian makes landfall in South Carolina. Where's it going next? What forecast says

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Hurricane Ian made landfall for the last time in South Carolina on Friday afternoon.

Ian left a stretch of the Southwest Florida coast in ruins as a Category 4 and crossed the state as a tropical storm. It later gained strength and became a hurricane with its sights set on the Carolina coast.

Hurricane conditions and a “life-threatening ...Read more

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Hurricane Ian death toll passes 35 in Florida. Damage is 'worst thing I've seen,' county official says

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MIAMI — Florida officials reported more than 35 fatalities appear to be linked to Hurricane Ian, including the deaths of two elderly people who were disconnected from oxygen machines due to power outages.

Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno on Friday afternoon announced 16 storm-related deaths, and five deaths that are not storm-related. That�...Read more

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Ian leaves destruction, and death, in Matlacha. Colorful village flattened, isolated

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MATLACHA, Fla. — Many of the colorful cottages, boutiques and restaurants that made this artsy little fishing village famous and fun are gone or battered now, swallowed by surge or broken by wind. Boats have been flung into yards, homes flung into water.

Kayaks hang in mangroves like ornaments. Mud covers broken pottery and furniture. And ...Read more

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Hurricane Ian: Flights canceled, coastal Georgia watches for more flooding

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ATLANTA — Cleanup has begun in parts of coastal Georgia as Ian heads north.

Residents in historic downtown St. Mary’s started the day assessing knee-deep flooding in its central business district while most flights at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport have been canceled Friday, with nearly 90 cancellations including arrivals and ...Read more

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Where is Hurricane Ian now? Storm left Florida, but brews trouble for Carolina coast

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MIAMI — Hurricane Ian — yes, it is a hurricane again — left Florida and set out for its final destinations.

Ian, which left a stretch of the Southwest Florida coast in ruins as a Cat 4 and crossed the state as a tropical storm, is on the outskirts of South Carolina.

Hurricane conditions and a “life-threatening storm surge” are ...Read more

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After Ian slammed into Port Charlotte, Scooby's food truck sprung to action

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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — The line grew longer and longer in the empty lot off Tamiami Trail.

A man in a sweat-soaked bandana came out of the tiny trailer, held his hands out wide and yelled over the generator: Three racks of ribs left, four orders of brisket, but plenty of pulled pork.

”I’m doing my best, I’m only one person,” said ...Read more

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Coast Guard sees human remains in flooded home as search and rescue continues

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida officials on Friday gave a glimpse into the death toll following Hurricane Ian: 20 unconfirmed deaths, 1 confirmed fatality and an unknown number of drownings in one house.

Kevin Guthrie, Florida’s emergency management director, explained during a morning press briefing in Tallahassee that the state is trying to ...Read more

Ian aftermath even harder to fix with supply chain tattered

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The difficult job of rebuilding communities pummeled by Hurricane Ian is expected to be made even worse by a problem that’s lingered since the early days of the pandemic: snarled supply chains.

Ian tore a path of destruction across Florida, leaving more than 2 million homes and businesses without power, after landing as one of the strongest ...Read more

Where is Hurricane Ian now? Storm leaves Florida, but makes trouble for Carolina coast

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MIAMI — Hurricane Ian — yes, it is a hurricane again — has left Florida, but isn’t done yet.

Ian, which left a stretch of the Southwest Florida coast in ruins as a Cat 4 and crossed the state as a tropical storm, is on the way to South Carolina.

Hurricane conditions and a “life-threatening storm surge” are forecast for the ...Read more