Ian strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane Thursday afternoon. It is now moving across Florida, headed toward Georgia and the Carolinas where it is expected to make landfall Friday. More than 2 million people are without power. Fox News is updating with the latest news surrounding the storm, its impact, travel and emergency updates.
National Hurricane Center warns people of carbon monoxide poisoning in post-hurricane recovery phase
The National Hurricane Center on Thursday warned of indirect fatalities as a result of Hurricane Ian.
At an advisory update, Jamie Rhome, Acting NHC Director, said carbon monoxide poisoning was statistically responsible for the most deaths during recovery efforts. Rhome said many people will run generators in the absence of power, but keep them inside for fear of them being stolen.
“This is a colorless, odorless gas so you’re not going to get a warning. You’re not going to get a smell,” Rhome said. “So please be very careful if you’ve never run a generator before.”
Sarasota County confirms 2 fatalities related to Hurricane Ian
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed to Fox News Digital two fatalities related to Hurricane Ian, but did not provide more detail about the location or circumstances of the deaths.
Officials, including President Biden and Gov. Ron DeSantis, are anticipating more fatalities as the extent of the damage from Hurricane Ian is assessed in the coming days.