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Hurricane Ian

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Sanibel Causeway reopens weeks after Ian's hit, restoring access to the island community

The causeway, which links Sanibel Island to the Florida mainland, “is our lifeline. It means everything to get it back,” one lifelong resident said.
The Sanibel causeway reopened with temporary repairs
The Sanibel causeway reopened with temporary repairs

8 people were trapped in a motel during Hurricane Ian. Then a wall of water swept the building away.

The wrecking of the Hideaway Village motel, pieced together through interviews with survivors, reveals how the storm’s death count could have easily been much higher than 135 people, according to an NBC News tally.
The Hideaway Village motel in Fort Myers, Fla., was destroyed by Hurricane Ian.
The Hideaway Village motel in Fort Myers, Fla., was destroyed by Hurricane Ian.

A winning $494 million Mega Millions ticket was sold in Fort Myers weeks after Hurricane Ian battered the area

A second ticket was sold in San Jose, California. The winners will split the prize for about $247 million each.
Mega Million lottery tickets in Hollywood, Fla.
Mega Million lottery tickets in Hollywood, Fla.

Hurricane Ian exposed a flood insurance nightmare for homeowners in Florida

Residents on Sanibel Island, a small coastal community outside Fort Myers, suffered a direct hit. A lack of insurance could prove life-altering for them and many other Floridians.
Image: A displaced boat in the wake of Hurricane Ian on Oct. 1, 2022 on Sanibel Island, Fla.
Image: A displaced boat in the wake of Hurricane Ian on Oct. 1, 2022 on Sanibel Island, Fla.

Two brothers died in Hurricane Ian: A 6-year-old with autism and a teen who rushed to save him

"I don’t know if one could be without the other," Lachera Burrowes said about her sons.
Tahjon and Tahjir Burrowes
Tahjon and Tahjir Burrowes

Immigrant workers face wage theft and unsafe conditions as they rebuild Florida

Crucial to rebuilding communities after natural disasters, they are increasingly subject to exploitation and even human trafficking, advocates say.
Image: Cars and debris from washed away homes line a canal in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., Oct. 5, 2022, one week after the passage of Hurricane Ian.
Image: Cars and debris from washed away homes line a canal in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., Oct. 5, 2022, one week after the passage of Hurricane Ian.

Inside the grim, politicized task of examining bodies after Hurricane Ian

Investigators have pinned more than 100 deaths on the historic storm that devastated southwest Florida.
Florida Task Force 2 urban search and rescue in Fort Myers Beach after hurricane Ian
Florida Task Force 2 urban search and rescue in Fort Myers Beach after hurricane Ian

Disabled Florida veteran struggled to get essential medicine for days after Hurricane Ian

Some Florida residents had difficulty accessing medications and health care in the wake of the storm.
Roy Key receives care at his home in Fort Myers, Fla.
Roy Key receives care at his home in Fort Myers, Fla.

They moved to Florida to start over after natural disasters. Now, they're reeling from another hurricane.

Hurricane Ian devastated parts of southwest and central Florida that have experienced rapid Latino growth — including Puerto Ricans who had lost everything to Hurricane Maria five years ago.
Kathy Hickey, 70, carefully picks her way through debris from destroyed trailers in the mobile home park where she and her husband Bruce had a winter home, a trailer originally purchased by Kathy's mother in 1979, on San Carlos Island in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., on Oct. 5, 2022.
Kathy Hickey, 70, carefully picks her way through debris from destroyed trailers in the mobile home park where she and her husband Bruce had a winter home, a trailer originally purchased by Kathy's mother in 1979, on San Carlos Island in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., on Oct. 5, 2022.

Florida mayor laughs off Biden's hot mic f-bomb

Fort Myers Beach Mayor Ray Murphy couldn't recall what he might have said to lead the president to "drop the bomb," as he put it, but he said he felt a kindred spirit when Biden did it.
President Joe Biden shakes hands with Fort Myers Beach Mayor Ray Murphy as he tours the area impacted by Hurricane Ian, in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022.
President Joe Biden shakes hands with Fort Myers Beach Mayor Ray Murphy as he tours the area impacted by Hurricane Ian, in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022.

Residents whose rentals were destroyed by Ian wonder what comes next

The state was already facing a shortage of affordable housing when the storm struck, forcing people who lost their homes to compete with those already trying to find homes.
A destroyed home that was carried across the street by the storm surge from Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., on Sept. 29, 2022.
A destroyed home that was carried across the street by the storm surge from Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., on Sept. 29, 2022.