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Death Toll From Hurricane Ian Likely to Take Weeks to Finalize

  • Two days after the storm struck, there’s still confusion
  • Process requires going house by house, looking for lives lost
Debris at San Carlos Maritime Park following Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, Florida
Debris at San Carlos Maritime Park following Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, FloridaPhotographer: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg

It’s one of the first questions asked in the aftermath of a massive hurricane like Ian, and one of the hardest to answer -- how many people died?

Two days after the Category 4 storm struck Florida, there’s no firm death toll, and plenty of confusion. The sheriff of Lee County, where Ian made landfall, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday that “fatalities are in the hundreds,” only to walk back his comments later in the day. President Joe Biden similarly warned of significant loss of life, without specifics.