hurricane ian in florida and carolina

On Saturday, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina were attempting to recover from Hurricane Ian's devastation, which left tens of billions of dollars in damage and more than 20 fatalities. Hurricane Ian was one of the most destructive storms to ever impact the U.S. mainland.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Ian, a post-tropical storm, was decreasing but was still expected to produce dangerous weather to some areas of the Carolinas, Virginia, and West Virginia through Saturday AM.

It warned of "the severe storm surge, flash flooding, and high wind threat."

On Wednesday, the storm hit Florida's Gulf Coast, turning beach towns into catastrophe zones. It battered seaside Georgetown, South Carolina's historic city, on Friday with winds that reached 85 mph (140 kph).

Several piers were damaged, and roads were inundated and blocked by trees. At 2:30 a.m. ET (0630 GMT), the Carolinas and Florida had almost 1.7 million homes and businesses without power, according to the tracking website

Both the number of casualties and repair costs remain unclear, but the extent of the damage was becoming apparent as Florida entered its third day after Ian first hit.

and there have been reported of atleast 21 deaths of people