• Dozens of people are confirmed dead in Florida.
  • More than 800 search and rescue workers are looking for survivors and bodies in the hardest hit areas.
  • More than 400,000 power outages were reported in the Carolinas.

T​he grim toll is rising from Ian in Florida, with state officials saying 47 deaths are confirmed to be connected to the storm. Overall, at least 54 deaths have been confirmed, including at least four in North Carolina and at least three in Cuba.

Saturday, t​he sheriff in Lee County, Florida, confirmed that at least 35 people have died there. This, plus 12 other confirmed deaths statewide brings the Florida death toll from Ian to at least 47.

Damage assessments were underway Friday in South Carolina after Hurricane Ian made landfall again, and search and rescue efforts were ongoing in Florida as the full scope of the storm’s damage was just coming into view there.

Daniel Hokanson, the head of the National Guard, told The Associated Press that more than 1,000 people were rescued along the southwestern coast alone.

Ian came ashore near Fort Myers, Florida, on Wednesday as a Category 4 storm, devastating Florida’s southwest Gulf Coast and bringing dangerous flooding and damaging winds across the state. The storm made landfall again as a Category 1 on the South Carolina coast near Georgetown at about 2:05 p.m. Friday. See the details from our meteorologists here.

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