‘Hundreds of fatalitiesafter Hurricane Ian hits Florida with 150mph winds

HUNDREDS of people have reportedly died in Florida after Hurricane Ian battered the state with 150mph winds.

The storm has wreaked havoc across the Sunshine State after making landfall on Wednesday afternoon.

Hundreds of people have reportedly died in Florida following Hurricane Ian

Hundreds of people have reportedly died in Florida following Hurricane Ian信用: 路透社
Cars were seen floating as widespread flooding hit Naples

Cars were seen floating as widespread flooding hit Naples信用: Naples Fire-Rescue Department

President Biden has since declared a major disaster for Florida.

Carmine Marceno, the Sheriff of Lee County, revealed the heartbreaking toll on 早安美国 周四.

他说: “While I don’t have confirmed numbers, I definitely know the fatalities are in the hundreds.

Thousands of people are waiting to be rescued, I cannot give a true assessment until we are on scene assessing each scene and we can’t access people that is the problem.

Marceno described Hurricane Ian asa life-changing eventfor everyone as he said the storm wasunpredictable”.

He revealed that crewscannot access many of the people in need”, adding that there are thousands waiting to be rescued.

Cops in Lee County urged Americans to only call 911 for emergencies.

Lee County includes the city of Fort Myers which has seen widespread flooding.

FOX Weather reporter Robert Ray branded Ian as complex, destructive and violentas he shared footage of widespread flooding from Fort Myers.

Dramatic videos of the rising floodwaters were shared on social media.

Fort Myers saw a record high storm surge of 7.66 meters, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration revealed.

和, 一种 shark was seen thrashing around in the rising flood waters.

More than two million Floridians are without power after transformers exploded and power lines were downed by the winds.

Forecasters have warned that between 12-18 inches of rain could fall across central and northeastern Florida as the storm passes over the Sunshine State.

取决于 30 inches of rain could be seen in some areas, according to meteorologists

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis 警告: “This is going to be a nasty, nasty, two days.”

He predicted that Ian would be among the top five hurricanes ever to hit Florida.

An apartment was damaged by tornadoes that had formed

An apartment was damaged by tornadoes that had formed信用: 美联社