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Parts of Historic Florida Wiped Out by Hurricane Ian, Rubio Says

  • At least 47 people are reported dead in Florida from storm
  • ‘We fear that the number will continue to rise,’ Rubio says
The destroyed Pine Island Road following Hurricane Ian in Matlacha Isles, Florida, on Oct. 1.

The destroyed Pine Island Road following Hurricane Ian in Matlacha Isles, Florida, on Oct. 1.

Photographer: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg

Some of Florida’s oldest and most popular beach destinations devastated by Hurricane Ian will never look the same, Senator Marco Rubio said on Sunday.

Fort Myers Beach, a seaside tourist town, “no longer exists,” Rubio, a Republican who has represented Florida in the Senate since 2011, said on ABC’s “This Week.” Sanibel Island, another barrier island along Florida’s southwest coast, has also been ravaged, he said.