BREAKING NEWS: Hundreds of people are dead and thousands are waiting to be rescued in Lee County, Florida.
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Sheriff Carmine Marceno told “Good Morning America” live on Thursday morning that fatalities from the storm were “in the hundreds.”
“So while I don’t have confirmed numbers, I defintitely know fatalities are in the hundreds,” Marceno said. “There are thousands of people that are waiting to be rescued.
“And again, I can’t give a true assessment until we’re actually on scene assessing each scene. And we can’t access, that’s the problem. We’re accessing the bridges, seeing what’s compromised and what’s not. And this will be a life-changing event for the men and women who are responding. They’re going to see things they’ve never seen before.”
Hoping he’s wrong, but Lee County, Fla. Sheriff Carmine Marceno says it’s “confirmed” there are “fatalities in the hundreds” #HurricaneIan pic.twitter.com/WtJCfWPwb4— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 29, 2022
#BREAKING: Sheriff says there are hundreds of fatalities in Lee County, Florida following #HurricaneIan. #FLwx pic.twitter.com/zcA2CTmQMq— FOX Weather (@foxweather) September 29, 2022
This is outside the 3rd floor of an apartment building in Ft. Myers. #IanHurricane #Ian pic.twitter.com/0JKy8eINxS— Jason Martinez (@JasonFox29) September 28, 2022
Video shows Hurricane Ian obliterate an entire section of Fort Myers https://t.co/gTyXNUu4aA pic.twitter.com/6khk5h4LvZ— New York Post (@nypost) September 29, 2022
Sanibel Island Causeway Collapsed into Gulf
At least a 60-foot slab of the Sanibel Causeway has collapsed and fallen into the Gulf of Mexico. It’s the only way into and off of Sanibel island.
Big chunk of the Sanibel Causeway collapsed from #Ian. It is the only way on and off the island by car. pic.twitter.com/36odKLvnHr— Paul Dellegatto⚡️FOX (@PaulFox13) September 29, 2022
Heavy pavement scouring near the Sanibel Causeway.— Luke Hatton (@LukeHattonWX) September 29, 2022
(Via @NBC2) pic.twitter.com/bEEdvgDllz
UPDATE: Part of the Sanibel Causeway has been destroyed, blocking access to Sanibel and Captiva Islands.— Moshe Schwartz (@YWNReporter) September 29, 2022
I have still yet to hear from a source that decided to stick it out on Sanibel. Last I’ve heard from anyone was as the eyewall of Hurricane #Ian hit.pic.twitter.com/4K1WEaTBBb