At least 100 dead from Hurricane Ian as Florida's top emergency official defends Lee County over delayed evacuations

Posted on AllSides October 4th, 2022
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Gerald Herbert / AP

Hurricane Ian's death toll reached 100 Monday as Florida's top emergency administrator pushed back against growing criticism of Lee County officials who were accused of being slow to evacuate low-lying communities.

The latest count was 96 deaths in Florida and four in North Carolina. Lee County, Florida, where officials didn't order evacuations until Tuesday, 54 had been confirmed dead. Ian made landfall Wednesday, devastating Fort Myers and Sanibel Island.

“I believe Lee County and their administration …. made the best decision they felt was right for their community at that time," said Kevin Guthrie,...

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