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.”
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.