Sheriff: Death Toll In “Hundreds” In Lee County, FL During Hurricane Ian

Sheriff: Death Toll In “Hundreds” In Lee County, FL During Hurricane Ian

The Lee County Sheriff said the death toll is in the “hundreds” from Hurricane Ian. #foxweather #weather #ian

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37 Responses

  1. Stormchaser85 says:

    That’s rare for Florida. Hurricane deaths are usually sparce, especially in hurricane country. My heart goes out to the families who woke up today without their loved ones. I also hope there’s people alive that are simply presumed dead. Maybe hiding in the rafters of the attics of some of those homes. No one really was expecting it too be this bad. The night before landfall, I’m calling foul on just about every meteorologist. At 11pm the night before, the eye of Ian underwent a replacement cycle. It looked a bit disorganized and the untrained eye would see a weakening hurricane. Meteorologists were quick to claim that was the beginning of a weakening trend the models had been hinting at for many days. Wake up 8 hours later to almost a Cat 5 bearing down. I’ll admit, the models really did show only a Cat 1 or weak 2 at best the day before. Once again proving hurricane guidance is not seeing ALL the variables that shape, build and direct these monsters and how there’s plenty of room for improvement. If steering flow forecasts are off by just 1° or 1 to 2mph, over just a 100 mile path, can equate to a vastly different landfall location. Hence why Tampa Bay was spared being destroyed as predicted just a few hours before. We aren’t done with Ian. The Carolinas, Maryland and Virginia is in for 6 to as much as 10 inches of rain and gusty winds over a large portion of the area. Never underestimate a heavy rain event while a tropical system is involved. Ian will be with us til atleast Monday if not longer. Stay safe everyone.

    • LYNN5 says:

      @Caesar Salad You can drag a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. There is tons of education and information everywhere in Florida. If ppl are too lazy to try to “educate” themselves what can they do.

    • Selene Martinez says:

      what really frustrated me was how unecessarily loooongg the articles about the hurricane were. wayyyy too many useless details that anyone who isnt a meteorologist wouldnt even understand, they need to summarize and put things in laymans terms so that there is no confusion for civilians. ofcourse storms are unpredictable but that being said scientists have BEEN saying that our hurricanes and just weather in general was going to start to get much more aggressive now as the years progress bc of climate change….and here you have it they were correct.

    • Ankit says:

      @Caesar Salad Yes but people can’t just become expert on these things from the TV or internet. There are regular tsunamis in Japan and they have learnt to deal with them. They do it by basically getting out of the way. Yes they have building codes and stuff, but none of that really matters when the water flood into your house and drowns you, which is how most deaths are happening in Florida now. When the government advises that you evacuate, then you better just put aside your hatred of govt and just leave.

    • pueblodove says:

      I agree, the flooding to that extent is something you don’t see!

    • Caesar Salad says:

      @Ankit If you live in disaster prone areas, you think they’d want the public a lot more educated and given the knowledge on what to do when ones about to strike.

  2. Caridad Revilla says:

    I have in FL all my life and never have heard of that many people passing during a hurricane. I believe the flooding was the main factor. Very very sad news this morning.

    • LYNN5 says:

      @Happy face No idea. I guess if I watched the weather closely (which I’m sure everyone from Florida did) I would still use common sense if a major hurricane was coming use common sense to at least think about leaving or/and take shelter. You can’t depend on everyone to “think” what’s best for one self. Everyone needs to take some responsibility for themselves. The weather is unpredictable. No one can put blame on what may happen or where weather might strike.

    • LYNN5 says:

      @Chronorust why do you throw all shelters in one basket? So your comparing Florida’s shelters to all the rest in the world? You said not all shelters treat ppl well… many have you stayed in? Have you been to a Florida shelter? Is a shelter worse than dying in a hurricane? And I’m simplistic on my thinking? Oh my 😯

    • Nate Dawg says:

      Time to move to a safer state because this is going to get worse every year.

    • Chronorust says:

      @LYNN5 Why are y’all so simplistic on your thinking? Not all shelters treat Peele well, not all people are comfortable with other people and not everyone feel excepted.

    • Chronorust says:

      @utubewillyman It means that it’s estimating based on individual cases.

  3. Kevin Mann says:

    Its very sad that people don’t take these storms serious enough to get out of its path. I watched 3 young men on a pier camera in Fort Myers playing in the water as the storm was pushing waves onto the beach pretty violently. Sad to think those 3 probably are among them. 🙁

    • Steve scuba says:

      @Selene Martinez I understand that. In fact, I have a family member near Orlando who has such mobility concerns. We were prepared to go get her.

      My question is really, why don’t people expect hurricanes when they live here? Why don’t they have some kind of plan? Seem reasonable to expect people to take responsibility for themselves and make a plan

    • Johns life says:

      @Selene MartinezI’ve been watching this since the Cayman islands, every news source said they didn’t know exactly where it was going to come in,I also seen forecasters thinking it was going to go further up, but if you looked at the models some of the spaghetti went right through the hardest hit area.i myself would have used my own judgement on what it was doing.if you were watching it come up you could see it hugging more right than what sources have to remember everyone has a thought not that it is correct

    • Steve scuba says:

      @Selene Martinez funny, I live just north of Tampa, and I heard them claim it could hit anywhere from the tip to the big Bend for several days. Two days out, it was clear it would be further south. I suppose you were waiting for GPS coordinates to be prepared to leave? I had 3 plans in place, and I’ve never been through a storm before, coming recently from New Mexico.

      Of course nobody knew exactly where it would hit. That’s why you prepare for the worst, expect the best.

    • Selene Martinez says:

      tampa had days to evacuate, not fort myers or sanibel or captiva….I have family in these places…also a floridian born and raised here. storm was supposed to hit tampa then started shifting south almost east so here in fort lauderdale we thought it was going to hit us for a sec, then they started saying it was going to mainly hit fort myers instead…this storm evolved RAPIDLY. this was one of the main characteristics of the storm that meterologists were talking about. this was the most frightening part is how much more unpredictable and how much faster it evolved in such a short amount of time compared to previous ones.

    • Selene Martinez says:

      @Johns life this is tampa dude…they had days notice….not fort myers 🙄

  4. Adlih Kristopher says:

    My prayers are with everyone affected by hurricane 🌀Ian stay safe y’all ❤love from the islands 🏝🙏

    • Crecencio Gonzalez says:

      The days of Noah
      Are near but millions
      Are blind serving the world
      Forgot a ??????👀👀👀👀👀👀👀

  5. Sean Taylor says:

    And then you see videos of people swimming out in the surf and not taking this hurricane seriously. Very sad

    • Dee Santer says:

      NOT ONE Weather Bunny, nor ONE TV reporter even got a SCRATCH on them!!!!!

    • James Parker says:

      It’s like standing in front. Of a loaded gun
      “I can take it”

    • LYNN5 says:

      And with small children. What’s wrong with these ppl?

    • Chocolatetown Forever says:

      I saw that too, and was like wtf. Why are people even allowed to be doing that. Im all for freedom, but in times of natural disaster, nobody should be jumping waves during a hurricane.

      One things for sure, if people are doing that, and get swept out, NOBODY should be risking their lives trying to save them. At your own risk, or stupidity.

  6. paul may says:

    I lost my house in 92 in hurricane Andrew. I remember hearing neighbors and other people saying ahhhhh I’m staying here. We will be fine. When I got into homestead (I fled the storm using common sense) the same people were on their knees just petrified from what they just endured. If you have the capability to leave during a hurricane, I would say, do it.

  7. Ninja Dog says:

    Unfortunately, there are some people who cannot evacuate due to circumstances beyond control. I am such a person here in NW Florida. If this beast had come here, I have no choice but to ride it out, because I have to take care of someone who cannot be evacuated. God speed to these people in SW Florida. It’s time to get to work.

    • MusicEchos says:

      Unless the patient is hooked up to life support, they can be put in a van. Drive them north while they sleep or watch outside during the ride. Being forced to maybe stay in a hotel or sleep in the van. That’s better than drowning.

    • Selene Martinez says:

      @Princess of the Cape all places have natural disaster potential tornados, earthquakes, wildfires…what even is this logic lmao…

    • Selene Martinez says:

      @Elaine Jonas no place is safe from natural disasters, this is part of life on earth— its mother nature. you learn to co exist and respect it, fear it…and thats how you survive

    • Elaine Jonas says:

      @Miss S what about it? As I said if a person can’t physically evacuate they should reconsider living in a hurricane prone area. I mean really what other choice is there? Can a hurricane be stopped? I really don’t understand why people have such a hard time understanding a simple & factual sentence.

  8. Debbie Pendleton says:

    Prayers for the families who have lost loved ones. Prayers for healing and strength at this time. This is a sad day in America.

  9. Yvonne Johnson says:

    😢😢😢😢 wasn’t expecting to hear this at all this morning…Knew there would be catastrophic flooding because of the size of Ian but so much death I’m numb…with tears in my eyes my thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends…may they R.I.P💔💔

  10. Rachel Coleman says:

    From Tampa Bay here. We were expecting it. Many evacuated here and took up places all over the state. 24 hours before it hit it decided to shift way south, even below cone. If you have never evacuated you have no idea what it takes to do so. 24 hours is not enough time to gather your family always when they are working and at school because guess what those are still happening because it wasn’t going there. Then to gas up in huge lines in panic if you have a car because it shifted. And yes you may say that all should be done ahead of time but in reality it shifted tracks pretty much down the whole west side of the state in a short time. It takes a lot of money to leave your area. Im assuming shelters opened but not sure how many in such a short time. Devastating. Stop commenting criticism and lend a hand instead. #Floridianallmylife

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