Dozens killed by Ian, one of the strongest and costliest US storms

CHARLESTON, SC (AP) – Rescuers searched for survivors in the ruins of Florida’s flooded homes from Hurricane Ian while authorities in South Carolina waited for daylight to assess damage from the impact there, a remnant of one of the strongest and costliest hurricanes that were ever hit The US continued to push north.

The powerful storm terrorized millions for most of the week and ravaged western Cuba before sweeping across Florida from the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean, where it mustered enough strength for a final assault on South Carolina. Ian, now weakened to a post-tropical cyclone, was scheduled to move through central North Carolina Saturday morning and reach south-central Virginia by afternoon.

At least 30 people have been confirmed dead, including 27 people in Florida, mostly from drowning, others from the tragic aftermath of the storm. An elderly couple died after their oxygen equipment turned off due to a power outage, authorities said.

Meanwhile, on Friday, distraught residents waded through knee-deep water, salvaging as many belongings as they could from their flooded homes and loading them onto rafts and canoes.

“I want to sit in the corner and cry. I don’t know what else to do,” Stevie Scuderi said after shuffling through her mostly destroyed Fort Myers apartment while the mud in her kitchen clung to her purple sandals.

In South Carolina, Ian’s center landed near Georgetown, a small community on Winyah Bay about 60 miles north of historic Charleston. The storm washed away parts of four piers along the coast, including two connected to the popular tourist town of Myrtle Beach.

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The storm’s winds were much weaker on Friday than during Ian’s landfall on Florida’s Gulf Coast earlier in the week. Local authorities and volunteers were still surveying the damage while shocked residents tried to make sense of what they had just gone through.

Anthony Rivera, 25, said he had to climb through the window of his first floor apartment to carry his grandmother and girlfriend to the second floor during the storm. As they rushed to escape the rising water, the storm surge had washed a boat right next to his apartment.

“It’s the scariest thing in the world because I can’t stop a boat,” he said. “I’m not Superman.”

Even though Ian left Florida long ago, new problems kept popping up. A 14-mile (22-kilometer) section of Interstate 75 was closed in both directions in the Port Charlotte area late Friday because the Myakka River was swollen by the massive water berg.

The official death toll rose throughout the day on Friday, with authorities warning it was likely to rise much higher once crews had a more comprehensive assessment of the damage. The search was aimed at emergency rescues and initial assessments, said Kevin Guthrie, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. As an example, he described a submerged house.

“The water was above the roof, yes, but we had a Coast Guard lifeguard swim in and he could tell it was human remains. We don’t know exactly how many,” Guthrie said.

The dead included a 68-year-old woman who was swept into the sea by a wave and a 67-year-old man who fell into rising water at his home while awaiting rescue.

Authorities also said a 22-year-old woman died after an ATV rolled over from a road flood and a 71-year-old man suffered a fatal fall from a roof while setting up rain shutters. Another three people died in Cuba earlier this week.

Hurricane Ian likely caused “well over $100 billion” in damage, including $63 billion in privately insured damage, according to catastrophe modeling firm Karen Clark & ​​Co., which regularly issues lightning catastrophe estimates. If confirmed, Ian would be at least the fourth costliest hurricane in US history.

In North Point, a suburb of Sarasota, Fla., residents of the Country Club Ridge subdivision waded through wet streets on Friday. John Chihil solemnly towed a canoe and another small boat through ankle-deep water.

“There really isn’t much to feel. It’s an act of God, you know?” he said. “I mean, all you can do is pray and hope for a better day tomorrow.”

https://www.wane.com/news/national-world/dozens-dead-from-ian-one-of-strongest-costliest-us-storms/ Dozens killed by Ian, one of the strongest and costliest US storms

Tom Vazquez

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