Medical examiners have confirmed 144 deaths from Hurricane Ian, with 67 in Lee County, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement reported Friday.
The number of confirmed Ian-related deaths has gradually increased and was 141 on Dec. 1. The Category 4 hurricane made landfall Sept. 28 in Lee and Charlotte counties before crossing the state.
In all, 19 counties have had deaths related to the storm. Collier and Sarasota counties have each had 10 deaths, while Charlotte County has had nine, and Monroe County and Volusia County have each had seven, according to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement news release.