Hundreds of people have been rescued following the apocalyptic damage caused by Ian. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said in an update Thursday night that there have been more than 700 confirmed rescues, and he expects the number to continue to rise as more data comes in. The rescues took place across areas including Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel, Marco Island and the Barrier Islands.
While addressing the possible loss of life, DeSantis didn’t confirm a specific number. “We absolutely expect to have mortality from this hurricane,” he said, before adding that the death toll would “be made apparent over the coming days.”
As Hurricane Ian impacted Florida, there was another concern in addition to storm surge and high winds — tornadoes. The National Weather Service in Miami surveyed and confirmed multiple tornadoes had touched down across the state from Ian. One of the tornadoes was an EF-2 that caused damage in Delray Beach on Tuesday night. Several other tornadoes were also confirmed by NWS Miami, including an EF-1 in southern metro Broward County and another EF-1 in Palm Beach County.