During President Joe Biden visit to the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, where he was briefed on response efforts the President said “our entire country hurts” along with the people of Florida after Hurricane Ian flooded communities across the state, knocked out power, forced people into shelters and raised fears of a “substantial loss of life."
Biden said the storm could end up as the “deadliest hurricane in Florida’s history.”
- At least nine people have been confirmed dead in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian so far.
- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said two deaths were confirmed from Hurricane Ian.
- NBC affiliate WBBH reported that at least six storm-related deaths were confirmed by Charlotte County officials.
- WESH in Orlando reported one death in Volusia County of a 72-year-old man who went outside during the storm to drain his pool.