Florida authorities reported that so far the death of one person has been confirmed as a direct consequence of the passage of the Hurricane Ian; however, there are another 20 pending corroboration by forensic experts.
“People die during disasters, but not all of those deaths are from direct causes,” Kevin Guthrie, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, said at a news conference.
The figures, in any case, are very preliminary given that in the “ground zero” of Ian’s impact, in southwest Florida, there are areas completely flooded or of very difficult access in which there may have been many more fatalities.
The powerful hurricane Ian made landfall on Wednesday in Cayo Costa, on the southwest coast of Florida with winds of 240 kilometers / hour and then crossed the Florida peninsula from west to east to go out into the Atlantic, from where it is approaching the coast of South Carolina this Friday.
Florida entered its second day today, after Ian’s impact with rescue operations for people in flooded areas and distribution of food and water, as well as a timid start of the “reconstruction” of what was damaged.
The number of users without electricity fell today from more than 2 million yesterday to 1.9 millionaccording to figures from Poweroutage.com.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis listed everything that is being done to rescue trapped people, feed victims, clean roads and rebuild damaged infrastructure, with special attention to bridges.
Likewise, it is expected that between today and tomorrow the ports of South Florida will be fully operational.
Airports also return to normal
The Tampa airport, the most important on the west coast of Florida, resumed operations and so did the Sarasota-Bradenton airport todaywhich was damaged by Ian’s winds and these days was only open to rescue and relief flights.
Emergency management officials called on people to “stay safe.” They especially urged them to properly manage generators to avoid inhaling carbon monoxide, one of the most common causes of death after a hurricane.