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Ian Latest: Florida Toll From Storm Rises; Biden Visit Planned

The only access to the Matlacha neighborhood destroyed in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, near Fort Myers, Florida, on Sept. 30.
The only access to the Matlacha neighborhood destroyed in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, near Fort Myers, Florida, on Sept. 30.Photographer: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP/Getty Images
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Five days after Hurricane Ian slammed into Florida, bringing with it a deadly storm surge, catastrophic flooding and powerful winds, the destruction it caused is becoming clearer.

Florida’s death toll from Ian has climbed to at least 68, according to officials, while the Associated Press put the number at 71, adding to fatalities in Cuba and North Carolina. Insured losses have risen to as much as $57 billion, according to modeler Verisk. President Joe Biden is scheduled to come to Florida on Wednesday to survey the damage from what he described as one of the worst storms to ever hit the US. Biden is currently in Puerto Rico, where the US government has pledged more than $60 million in funding to help the island rebuild after Hurricane Fiona.