TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The death toll from Hurricane Ian’s killing spree in Florida continued to rise over the weekend.
On Saturday night, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said 58 deaths so far have been attributed to the hurricane — mostly from drowning.
The Associated Press reported that another four people in North Carolina and three in Cuba were also killed by the storm, bringing the death toll to 54.
Among those killed were 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 found was tangled in cables under a house.
A 71-year-old man also died after falling off the roof while installing rain blinds on Wednesday.
Another fatality was also reported in the Tampa Bay area after a 22-year-old woman died in an ATV accident caused by a Manatee County road wash.
FDEM director Kevin Guthrie said there was also 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 the death toll could also drop in some places as deaths can later be attributed to non-storm related causes. Because of this, totals are expected to 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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https://wgntv.com/news/nexstar-media-wire/54-deaths-from-hurricane-ian-reported-as-recovery-efforts-continue-2/ Over 50 deaths from Hurricane Ian have been reported as recovery efforts continue