Hurricane Ian update: 'Hundreds of fatalities' after 150mph winds blast Florida & wash away homes in massive storm surge | The Sun

HUNDREDS of people have reportedly died in Florida after Hurricane Ian battered the state with 150mph winds.

The storm has wreaked havoc across the Sunshine State after making landfall on Wednesday afternoon.


President Biden has since declared a major disaster for Florida.

Carmine Marceno, the Sheriff of Lee County, told Good Morning America Thursday that he "definitely knows" fatalities are in the hundreds.

A 72-year-old man in Deltona has been confirmed as the first fatality, according to WESH.

He died after going out of his home to drain his pool.

Cops believe he slipped into a 30-feet canal that had become slippery.

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‘Hundreds of fatalities’ after Hurricane Ian hits Florida with 150mph winds

Marceno said: "Thousands of people are waiting to be rescued, I cannot give a true assessment until we are on scene assessing each scene and we can’t access people that is the problem."

He described Hurricane Ian as "a life-changing event" for everyone as he said the storm was "unpredictable".

He revealed that crews "cannot access many of the people in need", adding that there are thousands waiting to be rescued.

Cops in Lee County urged Americans to only call 911 for emergencies.

Lee County includes the city of Fort Myers which has seen widespread flooding.

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FOX Weather reporter Robert Ray branded Ian as "complex, destructive and violent" as he shared footage of widespread flooding from Fort Myers.

Dramatic videos of the rising floodwaters were shared on social media.

Fort Myers saw a record high storm surge of 7.66 meters, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration revealed.

And, a shark was seen thrashing around in the rising flood waters.

More than two million Floridians are without power after transformers exploded and power lines were downed by the winds.

Hurricane Ian has weakened into a tropical storm as it makes its way over the state.

Forecasters have warned that between 12-18 inches of rain could fall across central and northeastern Florida as the storm passes over the Sunshine State.

Up to 30 inches of rain could be seen in some areas, according to meteorologists.

The National Weather Service in Melbourne warned that there could be "catastrophic" flooding in areas of Osceola and Brevard counties, including downtown Orlando.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis warned: “This is going to be a nasty, nasty, two days.”

He predicted that Ian would be among the top five hurricanes ever to hit Florida.

Officials have warned that storm surges and gusty winds could hit Georgia and The Carolinas as Ian exits the Florida Peninsula.



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