TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The death toll from Hurricane Ian’s killing spree in Florida has reportedly continued to rise.
On Saturday morning, the Associated Press reported that there had been 27 deaths following Hurricane Ian, some of which were directly caused by the hurricane.
The Florida Medical Examiners Commission told the AP that three new deaths are related to the storm.
They included a 62-year-old woman who was injured and drowned after a tree fell on her RV, a 54-year-old man who drowned after being trapped in a window and a Lee County woman whose body was found inside cable was found tangled under a house.
A 71-year-old man also died after falling off the roof while installing rain blinds on Wednesday.
Another death was also reported in the Tampa Bay area after a 22-year-old woman died in an ATV accident caused by a road wash in Manatee County – according to the Associated Press, local officials and the director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management.
On Thursday, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office confirmed two storm-related deaths for 8 On Your Side. On Friday, FDEM Director Kevin Guthrie said there had been one death in Polk County, but Polk County Chief Medical Examiner Stephen Nelson said it was a mistake and there were no hurricane-related deaths in his area of responsibility.
Nelson said there was a misunderstanding with the state. According to him, the death was reported in Lake County but apparently confused with Lakeland in Polk County.
The coroner said there was one death in Hardee County related to a road accident and flooding. News Channel 8 is working to confirm this death.
Guthrie said there was a case of human remains found in an underwater home in Lee County.
“We don’t know exactly how many were in the house,” he said on Friday. “The water was above the roof.”
More deaths are expected to be discovered as the floodwaters recede. Guthrie said immediate death figures from the storm are unreliable because people are dying from non-storm related causes, so reported totals may vary and change as information is received.
“People die in disasters that have nothing to do with the disaster,” he said. “The coroner is the one making that decision.”
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