From Associated Press.
(1 Oct 2022)
Fort Myers, Florida – 30 September 2022
1. Various of boat washed up in apartment complex
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Anthony Rivera, Fort Myers, Florida resident:
"To see a boat literally right next to my apartment as I’m trying to pull my grandmother and my girlfriend out. That’s the scariest thing in the world because I can’t stop no boat. You know, I’m not Superman. The only thing that was stopping a boat was a car that was submerged. It could of just floated up even more and just came my way. And it would have been done for us, man."
3. Various of damage in downtown Fort Myers
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Essence Cordero, Fort Myers, Florida resident: ++PARTIALLY COVERED++
"One minute I’m crying, the next minute I’m thinking like it’ll get better. But then I keep crying, and then it’s just like the same pattern on and off."
5. Various of Stevie Scuderi showing damage in her apartment
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Stevie Scuderi, Fort Myers, Florida resident: ++PARTIALLY COVERED++
"It’s just now starting to hit me. You know, I just feel myself being really wound up and scared. I had that nightmare about getting out that window last night, It’s scary."
7. Various of damage in Scuderi’s apartment
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Stevie Scuderi, Fort Myers, Florida resident: ++PARTIALLY COVERED++
"I just told myself I feel like I want to sit in the corner and cry. I don’t know what else to do. I just don’t know."
9. Taped up window
10. Boat washed up in apartment complex
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Anthony Rivera, Fort Myers, Florida resident:++PARTIALLY COVERED++
"No, this was scary. It was my first ever hurricane experience, it was scary. And I just hope it gets better."
A revived Hurricane Ian has pounded coastal South Carolina after causing catastrophic damage in Florida.
In Fort Myers, Florida, boats washed into Riverwalk apartment complex as waters quickly rose, Anthony Rivera, 25, recalls having to climb through the window of his first floor apartment and carry his grandmother and girlfriend to a second floor unit during the storm.
Another Riverwalk resident, Stevie Scuderi, 79, had to swim to safety as well. She feels lucky that there was an unoccupied 2nd floor unit across from her building for them to shelter in while the waters continued to rise.
The U.S. death toll from Hurricane Ian rose to 17 as Florida authorities confirmed several drowning deaths and other fatalities.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Friday that the deaths included a 22-year-old woman ejected in an ATV rollover because of a road washout.
Many other deaths were drownings, including that of a 68-year-old woman swept into the ocean by a wave. Authorities expect the death toll to still rise substantially.
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