Ian leaves behind path of destruction
As daylight returned to Florida this morning the true damage from Ian became clearer.
Officials say that several people are dead across the state. No official number is available.
There are over 2.6 million power outages in the state according to poweroutage.us. The areas seeing the most outages are from Collier County north to Manatee County.
The Coast Guard and National Guard have carried out several rescues from people trapped in homes that are flooded. Places such as Fort Myers and Naples set records for the highest water levels ever recorded.
There is significant damage to infrastructure including roads and bridges, and in some areas, total buildings have collapsed.
President Biden and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis are working in close coordination to ensure a proper response to the disaster.
This morning Ian continues to produce catastrophic flooding across eastern and central portions of the state.
Ian currently has maximum sustained winds of 100 km/h with higher gusts. Ian is expected to re-intensification and could be near hurricane strength when it approaches the coast of South Carolina tomorrow.
Across northeast Florida, coastal Georgia and the Lowcountry of South Carolina, rainfall amounts of 4 to 8 inches, with local amounts of 12 inches is possible. Upstate and central South Carolina, North Carolina, and southern Virginia will likely see 3 to 6 inches with local amounts of 8 inches.