Hurricane Ian, one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the United States, crippled the state on Thursday with heavy rain and strong winds, causing hundreds to lose their lives. .

Thousands of Floridians sought rescue as the storm hammered the state with heavy rain and strong winds

The hurricane’s center made landfall as a Category 4 monster Wednesday afternoon near Cayo Costa,

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 a barrier island just west of heavily populated Fort Myers in Lee County. Start the day smarter.

Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning. "While I don't have confirmed numbers

I definitely know the fatalities are in the hundreds,"

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" Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said on ABC-TV's "Good Morning America."

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"There are thousands of people that are waiting to be rescued."

Pressed on the numbers, Marceno said "so far confirmed in the hundreds. Meaning that we are responding to events,