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Hurricane Ian’s death toll is now at 58 fatalities, in eight counties

By: - October 3, 2022 7:50 am

Boats sit grounded in a woodland area and along the side of the road after being pushed by rising water from Hurricane Ian near Fort Myers Beach on Sept. 29, 2022, in San Carlos Island. The hurricane brought high winds, storm surge and rain to the area causing severe damage. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Ian’s death toll in Florida has risen to 58 fatalities, with 42 deaths in Lee County, where the massive storm battered the southwest part of the peninsula.

In all, there are now eight counties with fatalities due to Ian, according to data from Florida’s Medical Examiners Commission (MEC), which reports hurricane deaths following an autopsy and confirmation that the death is storm related.

(Florida Department of Law Enforcement officials staff the Florida Medical Examiners Commission.)

Here’s the most recent list of fatalities, based on data from the FDLE, Saturday evening. However, it’s likely that more deaths will continue to be confirmed.

Lee – 42

Volusia – 5

Collier – 3

Sarasota – 3

Manatee – 2

Hendry – 1

Hillsborough – 1

Lake – 1

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Diane Rado
Diane Rado

Diane Rado has covered state and local government and public schools in six states over some 30 years, focusing on policy and investigative stories as well as legislative and political reporting. She spent most of her career at the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and did a fellowship in education reform at the University of Michigan in 1999-2000. She is married to a journalist and has three adult children.

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