This morning, Governor Ron DeSantis issued updates on Hurricane Ian at the State Emergency Operations Center with Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie.
Since 1:00 a.m., search and rescue operations have been underway in response to Hurricane Ian. Urban Search and Rescue Team 2 was the first on-site and the Coast Guard made dozens of rescues overnight.
There are 8 USAR teams with more than 800 team members performing search and rescue. There are currently 42,000 lineman responding to the more than 2 million reported power outages. Floridians should continue to heed local weather warnings and listen to local officials for updated safety information.
Search and Rescue crews rallied at the Fort Myers Sports Complex in Lee County and have been running operations for the last several hours.
This morning Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno took a tour of Lee County to begin assessing the damage caused by Hurricane Ian.
“We are devastated. Our hearts go out to every resident who is impacted. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is mobile and will stop at nothing to help our residents,” said Marceno.
“We will get through this together. We are one community and we will overcome this tragedy,” Marceno added.
The images below were captured by Lee County Sheriff’s Office of Fort Myers and the devastating impact that Hurricane Ian had on the area.