(CMR) Caymanians living in Florida have managed to ride out Hurricane Ian with minor property damages. There have been no reports of Caymanians losing their lives or significant injuries.
The death toll from the hurricane continued to climb, with 47 deaths confirmed in Florida on Saturday as rescue workers search for survivors.
In a group created by Kevin Watler for Caymanians to maintain connection during the storm, most Caymanians said they suffered minor damages due to the storm. Many of the Caymanians who are in central Florida experienced minor flooding, and some persons lost electricity; however, they are grateful to be alive.
As of Saturday, more than 1,000 people had been rescued from flooded areas along Florida’s southwestern coast alone, Daniel Hokanson, a four-star general and head of the National Guard, told The Associated Press.
The storm weakened Saturday after devastating parts of South Carolina. South Carolina’s Pawleys Island — a beach community roughly 75 miles (115 kilometers) up the coast of Charleston — was among the hardest-hit places. Power remained knocked out to at least half of the island Saturday, AP reported.
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are expected to travel to Florida on Wednesday.