The biggest search and rescue operation in history… Heavy rain ‘Ion’ towards the north continues
Biden plans to visit Puerto Rico and Florida … Estimated cost of restoration in the tens of billions of dollars
The damage is increasing rapidly in the southeastern part of the United States, including Florida, which was hit by extremely powerful hurricanes Fiona and Ian every week.
As of the 2nd (local time), NBC News reported that the death toll was 87 in Florida, including 83 in Florida, it said it would.
Considered the fifth most powerful hurricane in US history, Ion, weakened in intensity by a tropical storm, continues north through the Carolinas and pours rain into Virginia.
NBC News reported that Ian killed 83 people in Florida alone and four in North Carolina.
At least three people were also killed in Cuba, where Ion landed earlier.
As the search, rescue and recovery operations in Florida begin in earnest, the massive damage Ian left behind is gradually revealed.
The Associated Press reported that 812,000 homes were still without power in Florida, where 2.6 million homes lost electricity when Jan.
In North Carolina, more than 20,000 homes have lost power, and in Virginia, more than 8,000 homes have no power.
In Florida, flooding of flooded areas has revealed devastating damage to coastal islands that have lost connections and traffic, along with houses and bridges destroyed by strong winds and heavy rain, and is expected to take significant time and tens of billions of dollars to’ w full grown. recover..
Satellite images from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) show that homes and motels along the shores of Sanibal Island, which serves as a seawall off the coast of Florida, have been completely destroyed.
“The electrical system is completely destroyed, the sewers are damaged, and the extent of the damage to the water supply is under investigation,” said Sanibal Island Administrator Dana Sosa.
Disaster Management Agency (FEMA) Commissioner Deen Criswell said on CNN “there will be a long way to go before the damage caused by January in Florida is repaired.”
He visited Florida on the 30th and 1st of last month and said, “Many homes on the west coast of Florida have been completely destroyed.”
He also appeared on ‘Fox News Sunday’ and said, “The federal government, including the Coast Guard and the Pentagon, is conducting the largest search and rescue operation in history in the affected area of Florgida.” the danger continues,” he warned.
According to Reuters, citing an analysis by US real estate data and analytics firm CoreLogic, insurance companies expect insurance claims from Hurricane Ion to reach $28 billion to $47 billion.
President Biden said on Wednesday that the Florida hurricane damage is likely to be the worst in US history, and that the federal government will do everything in its power to restore it.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will visit Puerto Rico on the 3rd to inspect the damage caused by Hurricane Fiona, and then on the 5th to visit Florida, where Hurricane Ian hit.