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Death toll from Hurricane Ian soars to 87 in US

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Published: 15:25, 3 October 2022  
Death toll from Hurricane Ian soars to 87 in US

As federal emergency management officials launched their largest ever search-and-rescue effort, the number of fatalities in Hurricane Ian’s wake soared to 87 Sunday.

That number was expected to continue to climb as additional deaths were investigated for possible ties to last week’s storm.

The fatalities so far have included 83 in Florida, where Ian struck as a Category 4 hurricane Wednesday, and four in North Carolina, where the storm ended up after striking the coast of South Carolina Friday.

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden announced they will travel to devastated areas this week as the United States reels from the death, dangerous floods and destruction left in Hurricane Ian’s wake.

The White House announced late Saturday that the Bidens will visit Puerto Rico on Monday and Florida on Wednesday.

Search and rescue efforts were underway, and Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) chief Deanne Criswell told "Fox News Sunday" the U.S. response was likely to be unprecedented.

"We pre-positioned the largest amount of search-and-rescue assets that I think we've ever put in place before," the FEMA administrator said.

At least 1,100 rescues had been made in Florida since the storm struck, Gov. Ron DeSantis told a news conference Saturday._Agencies