Best travel options to vacation on Florida’s west coast after Hurricane Ian
Southwest Florida, home to famed vacation spots, bore the brunt of Hurricane Ian’s brutal wrath. The area is now in recovery mode. If you’re interested in supporting the local economy, here’s a look at the status of recovery, and your travel options in the coming months.sun-sentinel.com
Hurricane Ian left behind tons of debris. Here's how Florida officials are getting rid of it.
Images from the aftermath of Hurricane Ian sent shockwaves across the world. Cities, bridges and entire islands were completely leveled when Ian made landfall as a fierce Category 4 hurricane in southwestern Florida in late September. Now, just over a month after Ian's landfall, residents are still trying to pick up the pieces, and collection trucks continue to remove piles upon piles of heavy debris. However, the tons of debris that litter the roads and fill people's homes doesn't just disappeanews.yahoo.com
Crist delivers blistering takedown of DeSantis’ pre-Hurricane Ian leadership
Charlie Crist denounced Gov. Ron DeSantis for what he said was mishandling the approach of Hurricane Ian, suggesting that better leadership could have meant fewer deaths from the storm. “The lapse in leadership was apparent and obvious. ... It’s before the storm hit where true leadership really comes to bear and it didn’t in this case." He also says DeSantis doesn't deserve special credit for the state's post-storm response.sun-sentinel.com
'Nothing's left': Hurricane Ian leaves emotional toll behind
With her home gone and all her belongings trashed by Hurricane Ian, Alice Pujols wept as she picked through soggy clothes, toys and overturned furniture piled head-high outside a stranger’s house, looking to salvage something — anything — for her four children and herself. For those who lost everything to a natural disaster and even those spared, the anguish can be crushing to return home to find so much gone. Two men in their 70s even took their own lives after viewing their losses, said the medical examiner in Lee County, where Ian first made landfall in southwestern Florida.news.yahoo.com
Residents allowed to return to Florida island slammed by Ian
Residents were allowed to return to a coastal island that was decimated by Hurricane Ian on Saturday with a warning from the governor that the disaster isn't over. Many of the homes still standing on Estero Island lack basic services, so portable restrooms, hand-washing stations, shower trailers and other essentials were trucked in for residents who want to stay, Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a news conference. “There's a lot more to do, and really some of the hardest stuff is still ahead of us," DeSantis said.news.yahoo.com
Hurricane Ian has the potential to be the most costly hurricane in Florida history
Growing the Voices of Our FutureThe Westside Gazette Newspaper is honored to feature these editorial contributions made by local students. Hurricane Ian has the potential to be the most costly hurricane in Florida history, wreaking havoc on towns from the state’s western coast to interior cities like Orlando. The most severe wind and rain occurred in southern coastal communities such as Fort Myers and Naples, where several neighborhoods were completely destroyed. They don’t look the same as they used to. Buildings that were formerly community landmarks are no longer standing.” Many of the Ian-related deaths have been recorded in Lee County, which encompasses Fort Myers and Sanibel Island in southeastern Florida, where at least 42 people perished.thewestsidegazette.com
Hurricane Ian decimates SWFL; UM’s SWFL community reacts
At 3:05 p.m. on Sept. 28, Hurricane Ian made landfall over Florida as a category 4 storm battering the SWFL barrier islands of Fort Myers Beach, Pine Island, Sanibel Island, Captiva Island and Cayo Costa. Diamond worries that this will limit the ability of Pine Island and Matlacha to recover from Hurricane Ian as quickly as Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel. “I probably saw more debris on Pine Island than any place I’d been other than Fort Myers Beach,” DeSantis said. Hurricane Ian relief has been undertaken in mass scale through the Miami-Dade County partnership with the Global Empowerment Mission from their Doral headquarters. With the help of our trusted partnerships, we were able to acquire a central distribution hub and service those affected by Hurricane Ian.themiamihurricane.com
Hurricane Ian death toll climbs over 100, officials defend response
By Brad BrooksMIAMI, FL (Reuters) – The death toll from Hurricane Ian climbed past 100 as of Tuesday as embattled residents in Florida and the Carolinas faced a recovery expected to cost tens of billions of dollars, and some officials faced criticism over their response to the storm. The death toll was expected to keep rising as floodwaters receded and search teams pushed farther into areas initially cut off from the outside world. Cuba is restoring power after Ian knocked out electricity to the whole country of 11 million people, flattened homes and obliterated agricultural fields. No deaths were immediately reported in South Carolina, where Ian made another U.S. landfall on Friday. Insurers braced for between $28 billion and $47 billion in claims from what could amount to the costliest Florida storm since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, according to U.S. property data and analytics company CoreLogic.thewestsidegazette.com
The last moments of Hurricane Ian's victims, told in grim details by Florida medical examiners
A 96-year-old Charlotte County man found trapped under a car in high water is the oldest victim of Hurricane Ian’s deadly course through Southwest Florida, whose wrath is now revealed in a grim spreadsheet compiled by the state’s medical examiners’ commission.news.yahoo.com
Facing a Dire Storm Forecast in Florida, Officials Delayed Evacuation
As Hurricane Ian charged toward the western coast of Florida this past week, the warnings from forecasters were growing more urgent. But while officials along much of that coastline responded with orders to evacuate Monday, emergency managers in Lee County held off.sun-sentinel.com
Ian turned, Southwest Florida scrambled. Was there enough time to leave?
Southwest Florida’s ultra-compressed timeline — from that realization to evacuating its residents — highlights the challenges that accompanied Hurricane Ian, a behemoth storm with a constantly changing forecast and a last-minute eastward shift.sun-sentinel.com
Rescue Crews in Florida Find Fully Submerged House With Human Remains Inside
Joe Raedle/GettyRescue crews going house to house in Florida in the wake of Hurricane Ian have encountered harrowing scenes, including scores of stranded people and at least one house that was completely submerged with human remains inside.Kevin Guthrie, Florida’s emergency management director, said during a Friday morning press briefing that authorities are reviewing 21 fatalities to see if they’re related to the catastrophic hurricane. The death toll is expected to rise as many parts of Lee Conews.yahoo.com
Gas station stores in Lee, Collier counties become havens amid Hurricane Ian’s havoc
Hurricane Ian’s aftermath in Lee and Collier counties means driving through inundated streets despite a gas shortage, shopping only with cash at the few stores open, staying away from damaged electric poles, and finding boats stuck in unlikely areas.
Florida man pleads guilty to $2.6M COVID-19 relief fraud
Daniel Joseph Tisone, 35, of Naples, pleaded guilty Monday in Fort Myers federal court to wire fraud, bank fraud, illegal monetary transaction and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, court documents show. He faces up to 60 years in federal prison at a hearing scheduled for Dec. 5.