72-year-old man dies in Florida trying to empty his pool in the middle of Hurricane Ian

Miami.- A 72-year-old man died in the early hours of this Thursday when in the middle of the passage of hurricane Ian He went out to empty his swimming pool that was overflowing from the rains, informed the authorities of Volusia County, on the east coast of Florida.

The Governor of FloridaRon DeSantis, said at a press conference this Thursday that for now there is information of two deaths after the passage of Ian, but it remains to be seen if they are directly linked to the phenomenon, which made landfall in Cayo Costa (southwest Florida) with winds of 240 km/h this Wednesday.

Previously, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Mancelo had told a television channel that “fatalities” numbered in the hundreds and that there were thousands of people in flooded areas waiting to be rescued in your jurisdiction.

Ian’s Victim

The man who died in Deltona, in Volusia County, may be one of the two victims mentioned by DeSantis, who also said today that Ian’s impact in the southwest of the state was “historic” and the damage caused as well, and he is going to take time to account for them.

According to the county sheriff’s office, the agents went at 1 in the morning (local time) to a house from which a woman had called to report that her husband had gone abroad and had not returned.

The policemen found the unconscious man in a canal behind his house and pulled him out of the water and performed resuscitation maneuvers on him to no avail.

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The man was apparently trying to evacuate the overflowing water from his swimming pool with a hose in the rain and wind when he slipped and fell into the canal.

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There may still be damage

Ian, the powerful hurricane that caused destruction in Cuba and southwest Florida this week, lost strength in its transit through the center of the southern United States state last night and is now a tropical storm, although still capable of doing damage with ” catastrophic flooding” and gusty winds.

The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned that Ian will produce strong winds and rains and storm surge in areas of the east coast of Florida and in Georgia and the Carolinas.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that President Joeph Biden has authorized the release of federal funds for Ian’s victims in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota counties ( west coast of Florida).

Assistance may include grants to cover temporary housing costs and home repairs, low-interest loans to cover uninsured losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. .

Read also: Biden declares the territories affected by Ian in Florida a disaster area

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