Rescuers in Florida search for survivors as Carolinas stunned by Hurricane Ian's damage

1 October, 2022
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Rescuers in Florida search for survivors as Carolinas stunned by Hurricane Ian's damage

With a death toll nearing three dozen, rescuers searched on Saturday for survivors among the Florida homes ruined by Hurricane Ian, while authorities in North and South Carolina began assessing the damage from the powerful storm's strike.

Ian, one of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit the United States, terrorized millions of people for most of the week, battering western Cuba before raking 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.

The storm was expected to weaken through the day as it moves across the mid-Atlantic.

At least 31 people were confirmed dead, including 27 people in Florida — mostly from drowning but others from the storm's tragic aftereffects. An elderly couple died after their oxygen machines shut off when they lost power, authorities said.

Meanwhile, distraught residents waded through knee-high water on Friday, salvaging what possessions they could from their flooded homes and loading them onto rafts and canoes.


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