Live updates: Ian recovery efforts continue in Florida and the Carolinas

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) alone cannot rebuild and provide assistance to all the communities impacted by Hurricane Ian, Craig Fugate, former FEMA administrator, told CNN’s Amara Walker Sunday.    When asked what recovery efforts might look like for Floridians who don’t own flood insurance, Fugate said:   “FEMA’s money only goes to people who didn’t have … Read more

Hurricane Ian: Death toll rises to 66 in Florida after the storm rendered some communities ‘unrecognizable,’ officials say

CNN  —  Days after Hurricane Ian slammed into Florida, shell-shocked residents are still assessing the damage left behind by record-high storm surge, damaging winds and catastrophic flooding that left some areas of the Sunshine State unrecognizable. At least 66 people were killed by Ian in Florida as it swallowed homes in its furious rushing waters, … Read more

Florida governor defends the timing of Lee County officials’ evacuation ahead of Hurricane Ian

CNN  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Lee County officials acted appropriately when they issued their first mandatory evacuations on Tuesday, less than 24 hours before Hurricane Ian made landfall on the state, and a day after several neighboring counties issued their orders. “They were following the data, and you remember people were looking initially … Read more

Hurricane Ian recovery efforts are underway in Florida and South Carolina

Editor’s Note: Affected by the storm? Use CNN’s lite site for low bandwidth. You also can text or WhatsApp your Ian stories to CNN +1 332-261-0775. CNN  —  Floridians are still dealing with major flooding Saturday and likely will for days as they try to recover from deadly Hurricane Ian, expected to be the most … Read more

Before, after images show Hurricane Ian storm surge completely destroyed some Sanibel Island, Florida hotels

CNN  —  Many beach cottages that lined the shores of Sanibel Island were wiped away by Hurricane Ian’s storm surge, new aerial imagery from NOAA shows. Most homes on Sanibel and Captiva islands are still standing, but appear to have sustained some form of roof damage, in addition to certain storm surge and flooding damage. … Read more

Sanibel Island : A ‘war zone’ where some stranged choose to leave and other stay

Sanibel Island, Florida CNN  —  An older couple who rode out Hurricane Ian in their home on Sanibel Island in Florida could not agree on evacuating after parts of the causeway to the mainland were destroyed. “We’re going. We’re going,” the unidentified man told his partner as she looked down from the home’s upper porch. … Read more

Florida’s home insurance market was a mess before Ian. It’s about to get worse

New York CNN Business  —  Florida homeowners were already facing an expensive and difficult market for home insurance before Hurricane Ian. The devastating storm is about to make things worse — even for those fortunate enough to escape any damage. For the better part of two decades, the nation’s major insurers have wanted as little … Read more

Hurricane Ian starts lashing South Carolina after leaving at least 19 dead and millions without power across Florida

CNN  —  As Florida wakes up Friday to apocalyptic, coast-to-coast damage – with searchers still going door-to-door and millions without power – deadly Hurricane Ian has begun lashing South Carolina, where an expected Friday afternoon landfall threatens more lethal flooding and could be powerful enough to alter the coastal landscape. After killing at least 19 … Read more

Sanibel Causeway: Bridge connecting two Florida islands to mainland washed away by Hurricane Ian

CNN  —  At least three sections of the Sanibel Causeway were washed away by storm surge from Hurricane Ian, according to video from CNN affiliates WBBH and WPLG, severing the Sanibel and Captiva islands’ only connection to Florida’s mainland. The videos from the causeway show two portions of the ramp to both bridges washed away, … Read more

Tropical Storm Ian: Search and rescue teams are scouring Florida’s disaster zone amid massive power outages as Ian continues is ruinous crawl

CNN  —  Search and rescue teams are working before dawn to respond to hours-old calls for help that came as Ian – downgraded to a tropical storm still marching across Florida – slammed the state’s west coast as a Category 4 hurricane, its surge trapping residents and its monstrous winds and flooding rains leaving millions … Read more