At least 77 people were confirmed dead in Hurricane Ian’s destruction of the US. Rescuers are desperately trying to find survivors in the wreckage of flood-damaged homes.
The remains of one of America’s most destructive and costly hurricanes are now heading north. Authorities in South Carolina and Florida have left to assess the damage.
Ian was compared to an “A bomb” and approximately 10,000 people are still unaccounted for. Authorities believe that many of them may be living in shelters, or without power.
This news comes as President Joe Biden, and the first lady, have confirmed that they will travel next week to Florida and Puerto Rico to assess the damage and meet residents and officials after Hurricane Irma battered the two regions.
The Bidens will be visiting Puerto Rico on Monday, and then Florida on Tuesday.
According to the American Red Cross more than 1300 disaster workers support relief efforts in five states.
The majority of those who died were from drowning, with 73 being in Florida. However, the storm also had knock-on consequences. A couple who were elderly lost their lives when oxygen machines failed to work due to a power cut.
In North Carolina, there were four more deaths related to severe weather. Two of these victims died in a car accident during the storm.
For most of the week, Hurricane Ian’s winds & coastal surges terrorized millions of people. Officials have now slightly downgraded it to a hurricane but warned that the storm is still dangerous.
For large areas of the east coast, including New York City, New Jersey, and Washington DC, “Treacherous” conditions are still expected throughout this weekend.
A massive clean-up operation is underway in Florida. The latest figures show that over 1.1 million people are still without electricity and WiFi.
Ron DeSantis, Governor of California, stated that Elon Musk SpaceX’s chief executive had agreed to make Starlink available to anyone who is unable to connect to the internet.
Celebrities are now beginning to give to disaster relief funds.
American football star Tom Brady now plays for the Florida-based Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He tweeted that he would contribute to the Florida Disaster Fund and encouraged other NFL players to follow his lead.
“I want to cry in a corner”
Anthony Rivera, 25, recounted climbing through his window on the ground floor of Fort Myers to transport his grandmother and girlfriend up to the first floor.
They raced to escape the rising waters, but the storm surge washed a boat up by his apartment.
He said, “That’s because I can’t stop any boat.” “I’m not Superman.”
Others were also affected by the flooding and waded through the water to salvage their possessions from their homes, and loaded them onto canoes and rafts.
“I want just to cry in the corner.” After rummaging through the wreckage of Fort Myers, Stevie Scuderi admitted that she didn’t know what to do.
Dramatic before and after images demonstrate the scale of destruction
Ian whipped through Georgetown, north Carolina’s historic city, Charleston, on Friday with winds of 85 mph.
Parts of four piers were washed away along the coast by the storm, including two that are connected to Myrtle Beach. More than 63,000 households and businesses were without power on Saturday.
President Bidenhas authorized an emergency declaration for the state. This allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate disaster relief efforts for all 100 counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, a federally recognized Indian tribe located in western North Carolina.
Residents of Cuba have protested the ongoing blackouts since the direct attack five days ago.
A new weather system is now heading towards Mexico’s northern Pacific coast.
According to the US National Hurricane Center, Orlene has reached hurricane strength and is headed for a landfall next week with winds up to 75 mph.