BREAKING NEWS: Hundreds of people are dead and thousands are waiting to be rescued in Lee County, Florida.
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.”
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.
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