Florida today continued its grim task of excavating Hurricane Ian as authorities charted the total damage and deaths from the devastating storm.
Officials said on Saturday morning they expect the death toll to reach the top 50.
Of the 31 confirmed deaths, 27 were from Florida. Four people died in North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper said Saturday. Ian headed north over central North Carolina on Saturday, which is now considered a tropical cyclone. It was on its way to Virginia after hitting the South Carolina coast.
Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno, who oversees the badly damaged Fort Myers, said the number of confirmed deaths reached 35 in his jurisdiction alone. Marceno said more than 600 stranded survivors have been rescued from their homes so far.
Elsewhere in the state, things began to return to normal.
After being closed for three days due to Hurricane Ian, Universal Orlando Resort theme parks returned to normal operation today. The “Halloween Horror Nights” are open tonight.
Disney reopened its Walt Disney World theme park and Disney Springs shopping district in Orlando, Florida, on Friday in a “phased approach.” As of today, all four of Walt Disney World’s theme parks are open.
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park will reopen on Sunday, October 2. Winter Summerland Miniature Golf and Fairways Miniature Golf will remain temporarily closed at this time. Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park is currently closed for the season.
The National Football League has canceled its contingency plans to move Sunday night’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Minnesota. The game will be held at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa as originally scheduled.
The NFL had chosen US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis as an emergency venue for the game after the Bucs evacuated the area due to Hurricane Ian.