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THE death toll from Hurricane Ian has risen to nearly 100 in Florida, as officials come under fire for not issuing an evacuation call early enough.
More than half of the deaths recorded in the US state are in Lee County, where the disaster made landfall last week.
Rescue personnel are continuing to search for survivors.
The death toll does not include the 16 migrants that are missing after their boat capsized on the state’s coastline.
Officials in Lee County are facing questions about the timing of their evacuation order, which was made less than 24 hours before the landfall.
Several other countries in the path of the hurricane issued their own orders a day before Florida.
Cuba, which was hit by Hurricane Ian, saw a death toll of two.
President Joe Biden is expected to visit Florida today after his trip to Puerto Rico on Monday.
The US colony had been struck by Hurricane Fiona just days before Florida’s devastation.
Mr Biden promised the nation $60 million (£53m) in aid.
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