Hurricane Ian – early damage reports

Southwest Florida was hit hard, and we know that at least one friend’s home has been damaged. Here are a few reports on the area.

According to Governor DeSantis, both the Sanibel causeway and the nearby Pine Island Bridge will both require a “structural rebuild.”

The tollway to the Ft. Myers bridge has been destroyed.

Downtown Ft. Myers

At least five people are believed to have been killed in Fort Myers and the surrounding Lee County area following Hurricane Ian, officials have said.

Initially, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said on Good Morning America that while the figures cannot yet be confirmed, fatalities were possibly in the “hundreds”, while “thousands” of people were waiting to be rescued.

People are trapped, and 2.5 million are without power.

According to Channel 7-Miami:

In Port Charlotte, the storm surge flooded a hospital’s emergency room even as fierce winds ripped away part of the roof from its intensive care unit, according to a doctor who works there.

Water gushed down onto the ICU, forcing them to evacuate their sickest patients — some on ventilators — to other floors, said Dr. Birgit Bodine of HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital. Staff members used towels and plastic bins to try to mop up the sodden mess.

The medium-sized hospital spans four floors, but patients crowded into two because of the damage, and more were expected with people injured from the storm needing help.

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10 Responses to Hurricane Ian – early damage reports

  1. Stella says:

    If you want to help those in the affected areas, here is the official Florida Disaster Fund site:

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Lucille says:

    The Faulkner Focus 9/29/22 FULL HD | BREAKING FOX NEWS september 29, 2022


  3. Pa Hermit says:

    Good Lord, looks like living in a war zone! Augusta, Ga. is the closest I’ve ever been to live or be in Florida. Wonder how drastic the insurance is there!

    Liked by 1 person

    • czarina33 says:

      I had a home in NO worth about $150,000: flood insurance was $1800 per year, homeowners insurance over $2000. 2-5% deductible as soon as a storm enters the Gulf. Both were going up with the changes to flood insurance, and the fact that over 9 companies have gone out of business in the last year.

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  4. Pa Hermit says:

    Gulf coast is Hurricane alley, just like the Midwest is tornado alley! It must get old picking up the pieces left after such destruction, only to realize it will happen again!

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  5. Lucille says:

    Occupy Democrats Delete Tweet Wishing Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Estate Was Destroyed by Hurricane Ian
    By Cristina Laila – Published September 29, 2022 at 2:00pm


  6. Lucille says:

    This is how amazingly calm it is at the moment on Deerfield Beach, Broward County, southeastern Florida on the Atlantic Ocean, just south of Boca Raton….

    Liked by 1 person

    • czarina33 says:

      The calm after the storm is always incredible. With no electricity there is no light pollution so the skies are dark and full of stars everyone forgot about. Unless people have personal generators, there are no AC units humming. New sounds of chain saws replace leaf blowers. People sit outside and talk to their neighbors in the dark.

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