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Joe Orlandini, center, background, and Shannon Orlandini, right, evacuated from Fort Myers Beach with their children on Thursday, Sep 29, 2022, after Hurricane Ian made landfall overnight on Wednesday.
Some residents said evacuation orders came too late. Gov. Ron DeSantis said forecasts left few options.
The cost of the storm could fall on the federal government or homeowners themselves.
It will be his first visit to Florida since the condominium collapse in Surfside.
DeSantis announced that Elon Musk, the SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO, has donated 120 Starlink satellites


  1. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., leaves after the first day of the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021.
  2. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., speaks during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, April 27, 2021, in Washington. Sasse was announced Thursday as the lone finalist to head the University of Florida.
  3. Supporters of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) demonstrate on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in Washington in 2019. New applicants to the program are stalled indefinitely as legal challenges persist after a Thursday ruling.
  4. State Attorney General Ashley Moody, left, Rep. Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, and Senate President Wilton Simpson stand behind Gov. Ron DeSantis while he shows signed bills to limit COVID-19 vaccine mandates last year. A panel of lawmakers awarded 238 projects last month across Florida worth $175 million, including more than 30 in Tampa Bay. But DeSantis did not distribute the money to state agencies by a Sept. 30 deadline.
  5. In this Oct. 4 photo, vehicles with the Florida Army National Guard’s 144th Transportation Company travel north on Estero Boulevard on Fort Myers Beach, which was destroyed by Hurricane Ian.
  6. In this photo from Sept. 13, 2022, Charlie Crist, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate for Florida, greets a voter during a campaign stop at the E Pat Larkins Community Center in Pompano Beach.
  7. Former President Donald Trump tosses caps to the crowd as he holds a rally on Sept. 23, 2022, in Wilmington, N.C. This week, he gave the keynote speech at the America First Policy Institute’s Hispanic Leadership Conference in Miami.
  8. U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, left, and Gov. Ron DeSantis are both hoping voters pick them in the midterms to be Florida's governor.
  9. Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration is fighting to prevent the release of documents to plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging a congressional redistricting plan.
  10. According to the Republican Governors Association’s most recent financial filing, which covers the first half of 2022, Friends of Ron DeSantis, a political group supporting the governor’s reelection effort this year, was the single biggest recipient of cash from the association.
  11. State Sen. Rick Scott claimed Vice President Kamala Harris said, “If you have a different skin color, you’re going to get relief faster” after Hurricane Ian. Harris said no such thing.
  12. Gov. Ron DeSantis said Lee County based its decision on the National Hurricane Center’s track forecast. “But you know, 72 hours, they weren’t even in the cone,” he said in an interview with CNN.
  13. Residents of Pine Island, Fla., leave the island by boat after Hurricane Ian left widespread damage across the island, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022.
  14. The townhome located in the 5300 block of Bayshore Boulevard belonging to Perla Haydee Huerta is pictured on Tuesday in Tampa. Huerta allegedly recruited migrants onto Gov. Ron DeSantis’ flights to Martha’s Vineyard from San Antonio in September.
  15. In this  Sept. 23 photo, former President Donald Trump listens to applause from the crowd as he steps up to the podium at a rally in Wilmington, N.C. Lawyers for Trump asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to step into the legal fight over the classified documents seized during an FBI search of his Florida estate.
  16. Gov. Ron DeSantis holds a news conference last week at the Pinellas County Emergency Operations Center in Largo as Florida awaits Hurricane Ian's arrival. By the middle of this week, many of the state’s political strategists say they expect campaigns to be back in full swing.
  17. Al Hernandez, left, and James Washington are competing for the Pasco County School Board District 1 seat in the Nov. 8, 2022 general election.
  18. Elementary school students from Classical Preparatory School gather at the table where Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the "Parental Rights in Education" bill, aka the "don't say gay" bill, during a news conference in March at the school in Shady Hills. U.S. District Judge Allen Winsor on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the law, finding that plaintiffs did not show they had legal standing.
  19. Kim Vogel, left, the District 1 representative of the Citizens Redistricting Commission, and Rev. J.C. Pritchett II, who represents District 7, listen as members discuss a map proposal on Monday in St. Petersburg. The commission approved a new map despite the departure of Lisa Wheeler-Bowman, who resigned after complaints against her and Rev. J.C. Pritchett II brought up conflict of interest accusations about their involvement in the redistricting process.
  20. Ron DeSantis speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference at The Rosen Shingle Creek on Feb. 24, 2022, in Orlando.
  21. Kevin Guthrie, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, says the goal is to restore power by Sunday for all customers whose power lines and infrastructure can still receive electricity.
  22. A mobile home in the Iona community in Fort Myers on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, was damaged by the storm surge caused when Hurricane Ian struck the area.
  23. President Joe Biden speaks about the ongoing federal response efforts for Hurricane Ian from the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022.
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