Hurricane Ian leaves more than 21 dead in Florida as rescuers search for survivors

In the midst of the devastation from what was once Hurricane Ian, rescuers desperately searched for survivors on Florida’s west coast and power began to be restored to many affected by the storm. The current death toll in Florida sits at 21, with many more expected. As many as 10,000 people in southwest Florida are unaccounted for. In TikTok videos and Facebook posts, worried families shared their desperate pleas and strangers answered their calls, even as local officials urged people to... Read More

Traveling on I-75? Rising water from Myakka River shuts down 14-mile chunk and forces detours

If you’re traveling on Interstate 75 in Southwest Florida, be prepared for road closures: On Friday night, the Florida Department of Transportation closed a 14-mile chunk of I-75 between mile … Click to Continue » ... Read More

High surf from king tides sends massive waves onshore

Rough surf combined with king tides resulted in massive waves on Miami-Dade beaches Friday. Six to eight foot waves were reported in Miami Beach. Advertisement Miami Beach Fire Rescue pleaded with beachgoers via social media to stay out of the water. “Swimming and surfing conditions are dangerous. Please stay out of the water for your own safety and the safety of our Ocean Rescue lifeguards,” Miami Beach Fire Rescue posted on social media. Advertisement The city also raised... Read More

Hurricane Ian damaged my Florida megamansion, ‘Queen of Versailles’ star tells TMZ

The so-called House of Versailles in Windermere, Florida, appears to have taken a hit from Hurricane Ian. The roughly 100,000-square-foot plus mega-mansion, the subject of the 2012 documentary “The Queen … Click to Continue » ... Read More

More than 21 dead in Florida after Hurricane Ian; storm makes landfall on South Carolina coast

Hurricane Ian made its second major landfall on the South Carolina coast as a Category 1 storm Friday, while rescue and recovery efforts ramped up across Florida in its wake. The current death toll in Florida sits at 21, with many more expected. About 10,000 people in southwest Florida are unaccounted for. Hurricane Ian made landfall Wednesday near Punta Gorda as a Category 4 storm. Advertisement President Joe Biden said Ian “could be the deadliest hurricane in Florida history,”... Read More

Biden calls Hurricane Ian ‘an American crisis’ as South Carolina hit, Florida devastated

Hurricane Ian is “likely to rank among the worst in the nation’s history” and is posing a crisis to the nation, President Joe Biden said on Friday, addressing the powerful … Click to Continue » ... Read More

Dozens of people helicoptered off Sanibel Island after rescue by Miami-Dade team

Residents stranded on Sanibel Island by Hurricane Ian flew to the mainland by U.S. Army helicopters after Miami-Dade County rescuers reached them, according to footage released by the agency. Footage … Click to Continue » ... Read More

How to help Florida victims of Hurricane Ian

The images showing the devastation left by Hurricane Ian this week are heartbreaking. Though South Florida experienced Ian-related flood and wind damage, we avoided a direct hit and now it’s time to help our neighbors in need. Advertisement Here’s a list of organizations that already have efforts underway. Please keep in mind that we’ll continue to update this roundup as information becomes available. For the next 30 days, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will help with... Read More