Hurricane Ian updates: 21 dead and climbing, 1.9 million without power

Hurricane Ian updates: 21 dead and climbing, 1.9 million without power

Updates from around the state for Hurricane Ian recovery efforts.

The University of Central Florida will reopen on Monday, as will Florida State University, University of South Florida, Florida A&M University and Florida Polytechnic State University.

The University of Florida will reopen on Saturday and the University of North Florida on Sunday. Florida Atlantic University was scheduled to reopen on Friday.

Nine of Florida State’s 12 universities closed as Hurricane Ian approached the state.

UCF, like other universities, said it would be understanding of students and staff, given the devastation caused by the storm.

“As we reopen, faculty and supervisors are asked to show empathy and provide flexibility to students and staff in light of the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Ian,” read a message. of the University.

Nearly 1.9 million customers in the state remain without power as of 12:30 p.m. Friday, according to

More than 2.6 million people were out Thursday, with the hardest-hit counties in southwest Florida still reeling.

In Central Florida, that total in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Volusia, Polk, and Brevard counties is about 600,000 out of more than 2.2 million customers.

Governor Ron DeSantis said this morning that the hardest hit counties in Southwest Florida include Hardee County with 99% without power, Charlotte and Lee at 85%, DeSoto at 80%, Sarasota, Collier and Manatee about 50% and Hillsborough and Pinellas less than 20% without power

“These crews have been in the field since it was safe to do so and they’re working 24/7 to be able to restore power throughout the state of Florida and that’s over 42,000 fitters of line and associated personnel who are on the ground,” he said. said.

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Debris removal in Winter Park is scheduled to begin Wednesday and could last for weeks, according to a news release.

To be picked up by Waste Pro, yard debris must be bundled or tied up and not exceed three cubic meters, the statement said.

Building materials such as fences or large branches that do not fit in the bags should be stacked separately at the curb.

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A New Smyrna Beach-area man died Thursday night after falling and was unable to escape rising floodwaters in his home, according to a news release from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to a house on Lake Drive around 10.30pm in a vehicle at high tide after a request for rescue from the 67-year-old victim and his wife, deputies said.

“Before the arrival of the rescue team, the victim fell inside the house and was unable to get up before the water level rose above him,” said the Press release.

Rescuers were unable to revive the victim and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

His wife and two dogs were taken to a storm shelter with a third dog from a nearby home rescued and taken to an animal shelter, deputies said.

Deputies said it was the second fatality linked to what was then Tropical Storm Ian as it passed through central Florida. The first was a 72-year-old man from Deltona who had come out during the storm to drain his pool.

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The state is officially considering 21 deaths across the state that could be attributed to Hurricane Ian, according to Florida Emergency Management Division Director Kevin Guthrie.

Speaking at a Friday morning news conference in Tallahassee, he said one confirmed death was in Polk County while 12 unconfirmed deaths were in Charlotte County and eight unconfirmed deaths were in Charlotte County. Necklace.

He also said others came from a situation in Lee County.

“Water on the roof and we had a Coast Guard rescue swimmer swim and he was able to identify what appeared to be human remains,” he said. “We want to be transparent, but we just don’t know that number.”

Other deaths in the state, including vehicular fatalities in Lake and Putnam County and a Volusia County man who died while trying to empty his swimming pool, are also not included in the official tally.

“People are dying in disasters that have nothing to do with disaster,” he said. “The medical examiner is the one who makes this decision. They are the responsible body at the local level to determine when they investigate whether it is a disaster or not. If determined to be disaster related. — you’ve heard the Governor I’ve been talking about now for about three or four days in a row — it’s a direct death. In other words, storm surges, rising waters, things of that nature, or indirect, things that led up to it after the fact.

So far, emergency responders have carried out more than 700 rescues, he said.

“There are more than 1,000 dedicated rescuers up and down the coastline,” DeSantis said, noting they will be conducting more inland searches in Lee, Charlotte, DeSoto and Hardee counties.

“You see the really disturbing images of washed out houses on the beach in Fort Myers and that’s really ground zero and obviously very important, but it was such a big storm that there are effects far inside the land and these rescue workers are sensitive to this and they will help.

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DeSantis said Lee County, which was ground zero for Hurricane Ian’s impact, had a water main break for the county’s water utility.

“That means the county doesn’t have water at this point and needs it to be able to function in society,” he said.

FEMA was able to send the US Army Corps of Engineers to the area to assess the situation with the Florida National Guard ready to assist if needed, DeSantis said.

“At the end of the day, this is something that will be very, very critical in order to be able to recover this. It may require more than one rebuild. Perhaps it will require other corrective measures in the short term. It is clearly a top priority,” he said.

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School districts in central Florida began assessing campuses for storm damage Friday morning, officials said, a process that could continue through the weekend.

Orange County Public Schools told parents in a recorded message late Thursday that the district hopes to open schools Monday, but will provide an update after crews check campuses.

In Osceola County, the superintendent will decide when schools will reopen after crews assess damage, flooding and power, district spokeswoman Dana Schafer said in an email Friday.

Officials from Orange as well as Lake, Osceola and Seminole counties said Thursday evening that construction crews have not yet visited most campuses, but will begin that work Friday morning.

All public schools in the area closed this week due to Hurricane Ian, as did nearly 50 of Florida’s 67 school districts, according to the Florida Department of Education.

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Governor Ron DeSantis will provide an update on efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian’s devastation in Florida from the state’s Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee on Friday morning with the press conference that began after 9 hours. Another press conference is scheduled to take place from Fort Myers at 12:30 p.m.

In attendance this morning are Florida Emergency Management Division Director Kevin Guthrie, Florida National Guard Maj. Gen. James O. Eifert, and FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell.

The press conference will be broadcast on

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Orange, Osceola, Polk and Seminole counties are now eligible for FEMA assistance after Hurricane Ian.

Individuals and households in Orange, Osceola, Polk, and Seminole counties may apply for FEMA Individual Assistance, which may include temporary housing assistance, basic home repairs, and certain other uninsured needs related to a disaster.

These counties join Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota counties, which were previously approved for individual assistance.

Survivors can apply for disaster assistance at, by calling 800-621-3362 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern Time, or by using the FEMA mobile app. If you use a relay service such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service, or the like, give FEMA the number for that service.

For an accessible video on how to ask for help, go to

For more information on Florida’s recovery from Hurricane Ian, visit Follow FEMA on Twitter at FEMA Region 4 (@femaregion4) / Twitter and on

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More than 2 million homes and businesses in the state remain without power as of 7:30 a.m. Friday, according to

More than 2.6 million people were out Thursday, with the hardest-hit counties in southwest Florida still reeling.

“Lee and Charlotte are essentially off the grid at this point,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said, noting that restoring power will take time. “The Charlotte and Lee reconnects are really going to have to rebuild that infrastructure.”

The state has 42,000 linemen who respond to power outages.

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