Death toll rises to 73 as Hurricane Ian sweeps through

Death toll rises to 73 as Hurricane Ian sweeps through Florida, USA

worked out 73 the death toll in the state of Florida following the passage of Hurricane Ian on Wednesday (28th), according to official information from the local press.

In the United States, Florida is responsible for most of the deaths, but Ian also caused damage and deaths in North and South Carolina and Virginia.

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North Carolina officials said at least four people were killed there. No deaths were immediately reported in South Carolina.

The US National Hurricane Center said additional heavy rain could hit parts of West Virginia and West Maryland through Sunday morning.

Before reaching North America, the hurricane passed through Cuba and Puerto Rico, where hundreds of thousands of people are still without power.

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will visit Puerto Rico on Monday and then travel to Florida on Wednesday to assess the damage caused by the hurricane, the White House said in a statement.

1 of 1 Destroyed home in Fort Myers Beach, Florida on September 30, 2022 after Hurricane Ian passed through — Photo: Giorgio VIERA / AFP

Destroyed house in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, on September 30, 2022, after Hurricane Ian passed through (Photo: Giorgio VIERA / AFP)