The number of casualties from Hurricane Ian, according to a Florida sheriff, is "in the hundreds."
Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said fatalities from the Category 4 storm that struck the state Wednesday “are in the hundreds,” according to an interview with Good Morning America. Marceno stated, "While I do not have exact figures, I am confident that the fatalities are in the hundreds," adding, "so far, verified in the hundreds."
“[We are] unsure about the specific details, because we are just starting to scratch the surface on this assessment,” Marceno stated during the interview.
Marceno reported that thousands of 911 calls had been placed across the state. According to the Tampa Bay Times, more than 2.5 million homes and businesses in Florida are without electricity.
Videos of Fort Myers' downtown area appearing completely devastated have been circulating online. Fort Myers was particularly heavily impacted by the hurricane. Every time the Daily Caller tried to phone the mayor's office in Fort Myers early on Thursday morning to inquire about a story, the line went dead.
Downtown Ft. Myers is gone…pic.twitter.com/0NbNONW2eW
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According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Ian weakened early on Thursday morning as it crossed over land, but the Tampa Bay Times predicts that once it reaches the Atlantic Ocean, it will regain strength and become a near-hurricane.
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on DAILY CALLER.