Exhausted Hurricane Ian survivors walk from Fort Myers Beach

Residents walk along Estero Boulevard with suitcases as they leave Fort Myers Beach and Estero Island, two days after Hurricane Ian hit Florida’s west coast as a Category storm. Pedro Portal pportal@miamiherald.com FORT MYERS BEACH Feeling increasingly isolated in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Fort Myers Beach residents and renters continued to exit their devastated … Read more

Hurricane Ian: More deaths reported in Florida as search for survivors continues in the state facing an arduous road to recovery

CNN — Days after Hurricane Ian tore through Florida, wiping out neighborhoods and turning streets into rivers, rescue crews searching for survivors are reporting more deaths as recovery efforts continue. Officials confirmed Ian has killed at least 76 people in Florida after it made landfall last week as a Category 4 storm, decimating coastal towns, … Read more

Marco Rubio vows to oppose potential Hurricane Ian aid package if lawmakers ‘load it up with stuff that’s unrelated to the storm’

CNN — Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said Sunday that he will vote against any potential congressional disaster aid for victims of Hurricane Ian if lawmakers “load it up with stuff that’s unrelated to the storm.” “Safe. I will fight against it having pork in it. That’s the key,” the senator told CNN’s Dana … Read more

One dead after three Florida teens crash stolen Maserati

A 15-year-old Florida youngster died early Sunday after he and two teen pals stole a silver Maserati for a high-speed joy ride, crashing it into a business sign and flipping over, authorities said. The surviving teens were critically injured in the pre-dawn crash in St. Petersburg, Fla. The three friends swiped the unlocked luxury sports … Read more

Hurricane Ian: Death toll rises to 66 in Florida after the storm rendered some communities ‘unrecognizable,’ officials say

CNN — Days after Hurricane Ian slammed into Florida, shell-shocked residents are still assessing the damage left behind by record-high storm surge, damaging winds and catastrophic flooding that left some areas of the Sunshine State unrecognizable. At least 66 people were killed by Ian in Florida as it swallowed homes in its furious rushing waters, … Read more

Florida deaths rise to 47 amid struggle to recover from Ian

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Rescuers evacuated stunned survivors on a large barrier island cut off by Hurricane Ian and Florida’s death toll climbed sharply, as millions of thousands of people were still sweltering without power days after the monster storm rampaged from the state’s southwestern coast up to the Carolinas. Florida, with nearly four … Read more

Florida governor defends the timing of Lee County officials’ evacuation ahead of Hurricane Ian

CNN — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Lee County officials acted appropriately when they issued their first mandatory evacuations on Tuesday, less than 24 hours before Hurricane Ian made landfall on the state, and a day after several neighboring counties issued their orders. “They were following the data, and you remember people were looking initially … Read more

Hurricane Ian claims could topple Florida home insurance market: analysts

After churning its destructive path through Florida, Hurricane Ian could do fatal damage to the state’s home-insurance market — posing a potential political headache to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. Long before the storm, Florida’s property insurance system was a mess. Hundreds of thousands of Florida homeowners lost their private insurance policies over the last two … Read more

Ian shows the risks and costs of living on barrier islands

SANIBEL ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — When Hurricane Ian struck Florida’s Gulf Coast, it washed out the bottom level of David Muench’s home on the barrier island of Sanibel along with several cars, a Harley-Davidson and a boat. His parents’ house was among those destroyed by the storm that killed at least two people there, and … Read more

VP Harris slammed for saying Hurricane Ian aid will be ‘based on equity’

Vice President Harris came in for a torrent of criticism after telling an audience that “communities of color” would be first in line for relief in the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Ian. “We have to address this in a way that is about giving resources based on equity, understanding that we fight for equality, but … Read more