Hurricane Ian has killed at least 17 people in the US – and officials are warning number of deaths will rise | US News

Hurricane Ian has killed at least 17 people in the US, with officials warning the number of fatalities will rise.

A 22-year-old woman died after an all-terrain vehicle flipped over on a washed-out portion of road.

Meanwhile, a 71-year-old man died of head injuries when he fell off a roof while putting up rain shutters.

Several of those who lost their lives drowned, including a 68-year-old woman who was swept into the ocean by a wave.

These fatalities happened in Florida, where Hurricane Ian has left a path of destruction.

After heading into the Atlantic Ocean, the storm has now made another landfall in South Carolina.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis says rescue crews have gone door to door to more than 3,000 homes in the hardest-hit efforts – searching for survivors and attempting to save thousands of people trapped in flooded buildings.

Others who died as the hurricane struck included an 80-year-old woman and a 94-year-old man who relied on oxygen machines that stopped working because of power cuts.

Separately, a 67-year-old man who was waiting to be rescued lost his life after falling into rising water inside his home.

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