TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A 68-year-old woman died after being washed into the Atlantic Ocean by powerful storm surges during the height of Hurricane Ian’s fury in Volusia County, reports said.
According to NBC affiliate WESH, the woman’s tragic death was the third fatal incident reported in Oceanside County in the days following Ian’s aftermath.
Volusia Beach officials said the unidentified Kentucky woman was dragged into the sea by a storm surge Thursday as her family ventured near Ormond Beach to watch the worst of Hurricane Ian battered the state’s east coast.
Officials said the woman was swept into the water but was quickly rescued by her son. WESH reported that the two attempted to leave the beach, but a stairway collapsed, sending the woman back into the water.
Rescuers, disabled by tropical storm conditions at the time, arrived soon after but were unable to revive the woman.
As of Saturday morning, the Associated Press reported 27 post-Hurricane Ian deaths, some of which were directly caused by the hurricane.
Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said Saturday there had been dozens more deaths in his area of responsibility. The sheriff estimated there were 35 deaths in total. However, it is not known how many of these were storm-related. This number is ultimately determined by a coroner.
Hurricane Ian made its first landfall near Cayo Costa, Fla., on Wednesday afternoon as a Category 4 storm with winds of 150 miles per hour, cementing its position as one of the strongest storms to ever hit the mainland United States
https://www.wfla.com/news/florida/woman-swept-into-atlantic-ocean-by-hurricane-ian-storm-surge-report-says/ A woman was washed into the Atlantic by the storm surge from Hurricane Ian, a report says