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Ian left a path of destruction from the Caribbean to the Carolinas: this is the summary of victims, places affected and costs


Ian left a path of destruction where he passed. This is the count of casualties and damage, place by place.

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(CNN) --

Whether as a hurricane, tropical storm or disorganized system, Ian's combination of high winds, heavy rain and historic storm surge left a path of destruction wherever it passed.

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Ian hit Cuba first, before strengthening to a major Category 4 hurricane and hitting the west coast of Florida.

The cyclone then moved northeast across the state and into the Atlantic Ocean, where it regained some intensity and made landfall in South Carolina on Friday.

How many victims does Ian leave so far?

Ian caused devastating damage along his path, leaving millions without power and causing more than 80 deaths, authorities have said.

The vast majority of that figure — 76 so far — has been reported in Florida, while North Carolina records at least four deaths in storm-related incidents, and in Cuba, local media report three deaths.

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Lee County, in southwestern Florida, is the one with the highest number of deaths so far with at least 42 victims.

This county includes Fort Myers and Sanibel Island, two of the places hardest hit by Ian.

Charlotte County, for its part, reports 12 people dead in relation to the hurricane, Collier County registers 8, Volusia County five, Sarasota County three, Manatee County two and Polk, Lake, Hendry and Hillsborough one death each.

What are the estimated costs of Hurricane Ian in Florida?

Hurricane Ian may have caused as much as $47 billion in insured losses, according to a recent estimate, which could make it one of the costliest cyclones in state history.


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CoreLogic, a research company that calculates losses from natural catastrophes, released the damage estimate as of Thursday night.

The estimates combine losses insured through private insurance, which typically covers wind damage, and FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program, which covers water damage.

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CoreLogic estimates range from $22 billion to $32 billion in wind damage and $6 billion to $15 billion in flood damage.

So all told, the low end of the combined estimate would be $28 billion, just above the $26.5 billion in losses caused by Hurricane Andrew, which hit South Florida in 1992, and has been rated as the state's costliest tropical cyclone ever since.

However, Hurricane Ian did not hit all the areas it passed through in the same way.

To understand its true damage, we leave you a count, place by place, of its path of devastation.


An old car among the debris left by Hurricane Ian in Pinar del Río, Cuba, on September 27, 2022. (Credit: Alejandro Meneghini/Reuters)

After forming in the southern Caribbean Sea, Ian made landfall as a category 3 hurricane in Cuba, just southwest of La Coloma, in the western province of Pinar del Río, during the early hours of September 27.

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The fierce winds and rain from the hurricane claimed the lives of at least 3 people, according to state media, and left the entire island without power.

Two of the deaths occurred in Pinar del Río, where a woman died when a wall collapsed on her and a man died after his roof fell on him, state media reported.

In the dark, dozens of Cubans protest in various neighborhoods of Havana 1:00

In the province, known for growing Cuba's rich tobacco, Ian also tore down fences and caused destruction at the Robaina tobacco plantation, according to photos published by state media.

The images also captured fields flooded with water and trees uprooted in the province.

Key Coast, Florida

Ian further strengthened offshore and made landfall on the barrier island of Cayo Costa in southwestern Florida on September 28 as a strong Category 4 hurricane. It had sustained winds near 150 mph.

Making it the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall on Florida's west coast since Hurricane Charley in 2004.

Sanibel Island

Aerial footage shows damage caused by Ian on a highway 0:57

Ian's winds and storm surge destroyed portions of Sanibel's only highway with access to mainland Florida, leaving dozens of people stranded on the island during the tropical cyclone, Mayor Holly Smith said.

In addition, at least two deaths are recorded, according to the city manager, Dana Souza.

Also, 12 people with injuries and 40 others without injuries were rescued off Sanibel Island, the mayor told CNN on September 29.

  • Before and after images show the destruction of Hurricane Ian on Sanibel Island, Florida

Aerial images taken of the island before and after Hurricane Ian show that many of the beach huts lining the shores were washed away.

Most homes on Sanibel and neighboring Captiva Island are still standing, but they appear to have sustained some roof damage, as well as some other from storm surge and flooding.

An aerial view of Shalimar Cottages & Motel on Sanibel Island, Florida, before and after Hurricane Ian.

Asked if Sanibel is currently habitable, Mayor Smith replied, "Frankly, no."

Fort Myers Beach

Debris from flattened buildings can be seen on the beach in this drone image among heavily damaged homes in Fort Myers Beach.

Rebecca Blackwell/AP

Ian collapsed buildings and swept away vehicles and boats throughout the city of Fort Myers Beach, leaving it littered with debris.

Governor Ron DeSantis assured that the damage is "indescribable", recounting that some houses were reduced to concrete slabs.

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Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno took a helicopter tour of the area and also mentioned that he was at a loss for words to describe what he saw.

"The Fort Myers Beach area, the buildings, the main houses and the main constructions were completely washed away with vehicles in the water, vehicles in the bay, boats upside down," he said.

Ian's before and after in Fort Myers and Sanibel 2:27

For his part, the councilman of Fort Myers Beach, Dan Allers, estimated in conversation with Don Lemon, from CNN, that about 90% of the place was destroyed.

“Unless you have a newer high-rise condo or concrete house that is built to the same standards today, your home is pretty much gone,” he explained.

cape coral

In Cape Coral, authorities received reports of significant structural damage throughout the city, according to Ryan Lamb, fire chief and director of emergency management.

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CNN's Bill Weir walked through several-meter floodwaters in Cape Coral to examine what was left of a resident's home.

The floor of Laura Muller's house was reduced to mud, the windows were broken and her furniture was overturned throughout the house.

"Recoverable? I don't know. I doubt it," Muller said as he entered.

"I would say there is nothing to do."


Ian ripped off part of the roof of a hospital's intensive care unit in Port Charlotte, leading to torrential rains to flood the building, which was caring for 160 patients at the time.

Dr. Birgit Bodine said the intensive care unit area is unusable.

She also said that, on some floors, staff must walk through puddles.

Video inside the ICU showed several inches of water along the floors and a waterfall cascading down the stairs.

Some patients had to crowd into dry rooms or hallways to get a roof over their heads, though all were doing well, Bodine said.

“Fortunately, everyone is fine.

And surprisingly, in a good mood because they can tell we're doing the best we can with what we've got,” she said.


Water inundates a damaged trailer park in Fort Myers on Saturday.

(Credit: Steve Helber/AP)

More than 800 rescues and about 42 deaths were reported in Lee County, to which Fort Myers belongs, Sheriff Carmine Marceno reported this October 2.

A Fort Myers man told CNN he knew of at least two people who died trying to escape a home during the hurricane.

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"He had a friend -- they were at his house and he was with his wife and another couple," Kevin Behen told CNN's John Berman on Friday night.

Storm surge came up to the windows of his house, he said.

"These guys pushed their wives out the windows into where a tree was," Behen said.

“They just looked at their wives and said, 'We can't take it anymore, we love you.'


And that was it".

Behen told CNN that the two men did not survive, but their wives did.

He informed the authorities about these deaths.


Osceloa County authorities use a speedboat to rescue a 93-year-old resident from flooding in Kissimmee, Florida, on September 30, 2022. (Credit: Bryan R. Smith/AFP/Getty)

After hitting southwest Florida, Ian moved northeast across the state.

The city of Kissimmee, just south of Orlando, experienced "historic" flooding of up to 14 inches, and the Osceola Regional Hospital was surrounded by water, according to Osceola County Emergency Management Director Bill Litton.

Drone video, released by the city of Kissimmee, shows extensive flooding that covered a highway and entered a parking lot.

Extensive flooding in our area remains a serious situation for Kissimmee residents.

Shelter in place as first responders continue rescue operations.

If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1.

— City of Kissimmee (@CityofKissimmee) September 29, 2022

Some of the flooded areas were not even in flood plains.

And so they weren't insured against flood damage, Florida Sen. Rick Scott told CBS's "Face the Nation."

“I was in Kissimmee yesterday and there was some flooding there and they weren't in a flood plain.

Nobody was told to get flood insurance and they probably had about a foot of water in their homes, and they were completely shocked," Scott said.

St Augustine Beach

Ian's center passed through Florida and into the Atlantic Ocean.

However, its winds, rains and storm surge caused flooding in St. Augustine Beach, in the northeast of the state.

In northeast Florida, St. Augustine Beach experienced flooding from rain and storm surge.

(Credit: Scott Cushnie)

Scott Cushnie, who has lived in Florida for 14 years, took video of a flooded A1A highway in St. Augustine on Thursday afternoon.

The man said he chose not to evacuate because he felt safe on the second floor of a thick coquina stone building.

"I know a lot of business owners here, so I'm checking out their places: adjusting sandbags, closing doors that are open, fixing up properties, etc," he told CNN.

Craig Fugate, a former FEMA administrator, noted that flooding and damage was widespread throughout the state.

"It's not just the Florida coast that has been affected," he told CNN on Sunday. "We have impacts all over Orlando, all the way up the East Coast.

Places like St. Augustine experienced devastating flooding,” he added.

Georgetown, South Carolina

Flood water is sucked up from inside a restaurant near where Hurricane Ian made landfall in Georgetown, South Carolina on Friday.

(Credit: Jonathan Drake/Reuters)

Ian re-intensified into a Category 1 hurricane over the Atlantic Ocean and made landfall on September 30 near Georgetown, a city of just over 8,000 on the South Carolina coast, midway between Charleston and Myrtle Beach. .

It was the first hurricane to make landfall in the state in five years.

The cyclone caused flooding in parts of Charleston, docks in North Myrtle Beach and Pawley's Island were damaged, and more than 200,000 customers lost power in the state.

However, no fatalities were reported, Gov. Henry McMaster said.

"There is some damage, some heartache, there is work to be done," McMaster said.

"But overall, it's a good story."

North Carolina

Ian's remains struck North Carolina on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 and caused four deaths there, including three fatal car accidents and one death from carbon monoxide poisoning due to a generator running in a locked garage, according to the bureau. of Governor Roy Cooper.

At its worst, some 400,000 customers lost power on Friday, September 30, though most of them already had service restored, Cooper told Chuck Todd on NBC's "Meet the Press" on September 2.

“This is a time where we all have to come together to make sure people are safe.

A lot of times people lose their lives in the days after, trying to fix houses, running generators,” Cooper said.

How to help the victims of Hurricane Ian?

The state of Florida has a disaster fund that you can donate to here or by texting "disaster" to 20222.

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Several organizations have already deployed their teams on the ground.

You can help them here.

CNN's Hannah Sarisohn, Andy Rose, Amanda Musa, Chris Isidore, Nouran Salahieh and Michelle Watson contributed to this report.

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