Live Hurricane Ian aftermath new blog for Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022

This is a live news blog with the latest headlines on the aftermath…

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Chief of the National Guard Bureau on Hurricane Ian’s devastation in FL

In this exclusive video by Andres Leiva, General Daniel R. Hokanson, the 29th Chief of the National Guard Bureau, says people need to work together and quickly after Hurricane Ian’s devastation in Florida.

Oscar Santiago Torres, Fort Myers News-Press

This is a live news blog with information about the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Southwest Florida Our reporters and photographers are spread out across Southwest Florida covering our communities and providing the latest information. 

DISASTER ASSISTANCE

HERE IS THE LATEST  IN SWFL

The Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District  reported Sunday night that officials responded to three fires related to generators and improper electrical activity in 12 hours.

They urge resident to se caution when charging large battery packs or utilizing your generators.

“Do not take safety shortcuts — it’s not worth it,” they said. Use normal operating tips, including placing the generator at least 20 feet from a home or structure.

The Florida Highway Patrol is warning motorists traveling to Southwest Florida to use Interstate 75, State Road 80, State Road 60, State Road 31, or US 27 as OPEN roadways.

Motorists are strongly recommended to avoid using US 17 due to multiple road closures at:

US 17 closed from Carter Street to Fletcher Street

US 17 closed from Sweetwater to State Road 70

US 17 closed from Tennessee Street to Sweetwater

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Watch: Hammond Stadium serves as home for emergency personnel after Ian

The Minnesota Twins are focused on efforts to help the Fort Myers community going forward, according to CEO and president Dave St. Peter.

Dustin B Levy, Fort Myers News-Press

Like much of Fort Myers in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Hammond Stadium is a dramatically different sight. Emergency vehicles and tents replace ballplayers and fans.

The Minnesota Twins’ home during spring training – and the home to the team’s Single-A affiliate, the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels – opened up Lee County Sports Complex as an emergency staging area following the overwhelming effects of the storm.

On a recent MLB broadcast, Twins president and CEO Dave St. Peter said he believed everyone affiliated with his organization was accounted for, adding that the complex suffered wind damage and limited water damage.

READ FULL STORY: Twins’ Fort Myers complex hosting emergency service personnel, World Central Kitchen

Now, the stadium’s parking lots and fields fill with all kinds of emergency personnel – from state law enforcement to agents from the state Fish and Wildlife Commission and Forest Service.

Portable toilets line the parking lots, along with tents, lawn chairs and clothing lines.

9:24 a.m. Storm official death toll

There are now 44 deaths attributed to Hurricane Ian confirmed by the MEC from the counties below.

Florida District Medical Examiners report hurricane deaths to the Medical Examiners Commission following autopsy after confirming the death is storm-related. FDLE staffs the Florida Medical Examiners Commission.

Reported about 9 p.m. Saturday, Lee County officially has 30, with Sheriff Carmine Marceno reporting earlier in the day there is 35.

Collier County’s official count stands at three, and Hendry County has one.

Fort Myers Beach off limits

For the safety of crews working on the Fort Myers Beach, no access will be permitted for the next week, the city reports. This closure provides crews time to complete necessary search and rescue operations. 

Fort Myers Beach library closed

The Beach Library will be closed until further notice. Organizers report the building is standing, although it sustained damage.

“Our community has lost so much in Hurricane Ian — our thoughts are with those who are suffering in the aftermath,” officials said in a Facebook post.

“Our deepest sympathies go the the family of our Library Greeter Mitch Pacyna, he was a warm, welcoming man and he will truly be missed by the entire community.”

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