Ian’s Hit In Fort Myers Called ‘Atom Bomb,’ Death Toll At 17

Debris is piled up at the end of a cove following heavy winds and storm surge caused by Hurricane Ian Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Barefoot Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

At a glance

  • Hurricane Ian’s catastrophic toll includes at least 17 dead
  • The deaths are expected to grow as residents and officials assess the damage. One resident said it looked like an “atomic bomb” had been dropped.

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