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Ian death toll rises: 72 fatalities in 12 counties

By: - October 4, 2022 7:05 pm

Hurricane Ian on Sept. 28, 2022. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens

Ian’s death toll in Florida has risen to 72 fatalities, with 46 deaths in Lee County, where the massive storm battered the southwest part of the peninsula.

In all, there are now 12 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 on Tuesday evening. However, it’s likely that more deaths will continue to be confirmed.

Charlotte – 2

Collier – 5

Hardee – 1

Hendry – 1

Hillsborough – 1

Lake – 1

Lee – 46

Manatee – 3

Martin – 1

Polk – 2

Sarasota – 4

Volusia – 5

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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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