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More than 1 Million Without Power as Death Toll Rises in Florida

Impacts on South Carolina less than expected, and damage assessments continue in Florida.


Hurricane Ian

FORT MYERS BEACH, FL - SEPTEMBER 30 Storm damage from Hurricane Ian at Fort Myers Beach, FL, on Friday, September 30, 2022. (Ted Richardson/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)

On Saturday, power remained out in many parts of Florida as the state continues to come to terms with the devastation of Hurricane Ian, a Category Four storm when it made landfall on Florida’s west coast. More than 1.1 million customers were experiencing outages Saturday, according to data from poweroutage.us.

Lee County, which experienced a direct hit from Ian, has recorded at least 35 fatalities due to the storm, officials reported Saturday. At least 600 people have been rescued in the county. More than a dozen fatalities have been recorded elsewhere in the state.

Ian has continued to work its way up the East Coast, dumping rain on mid-Atlantic states. The impacts of Ian were not as severe in South Carolina as expected, and Direct Relief is in communication with health facilities in multiple states as flash flooding warnings continue and power remains intermittent for many.

Dozens of medical shipments have departed this week in response to Hurricane Ian, including requests for temperature-sensitive therapies, like insulin and vaccines that were lost during power outages. Antibiotics, chronic disease medications, and more have arrived or are en route to dozens of health facilities across Florida and South Carolina, and medical support will continue in the coming days.

Medical aid, including cold chain shipments of insulin, departed for multiple health facilities across Florida this week, in response to Hurricane Ian. (Brea Burkholz/Direct Relief)

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