Dozens dead after Hurricane Ian slams into Florida 

By Sandhya

October 3,2022

4 people died in North Carolina Search and rescue operations are currently underway.

At least 81 people have died in Florida as a result of Hurricane Ian, local officials said. 

The governor's office said four additional deaths were caused by the storm in North Carolina. 

The Category 4 storm hit Florida's southwest coast Wednesday afternoon, bringing catastrophic damage, ferocious winds, and a dangerous, record-breaking storm surge. 

The death toll from the catastrophic storm is rising amid ongoing search and rescue  missions. 

Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said more than 700 people were rescued in the devastated county.

"It's with a heavy heart that I say that number," Marceno, who is home to Fort Myers and the barrier island of Sanibel, said in a video posted on Facebook.

Officials said the causes of death in Florida were mainly drowning, as well as two vehicle accidents, and a roofing accident.

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