Around 35 people had been confirmed dead in Lee County by Saturday, October 1, officials said, after Hurricane Ian caused major devastation in Florida.
In a video posted to Facebook, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno provided an updated death toll and said emergency efforts were continuing.
“Today, we’ve had over 600 to 700 rescues of people that are in need during this difficult time,” Marceno said, “With about 35 deaths, unfortunately.”
Marceno said he was working to release information about those killed and but said the sheriff’s office was following a lengthy process of notifying next of kin. Credit: Lee County Sheriff’s Office via Storyful