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DEATH TOLL, NUMBER OF PEOPLE W/O POWER FROM HURRICANE IAN BOTH RISE

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — With the death toll from Hurricane Ian rising and hundreds of thousands of people without power in Florida and the Carolinas, U.S. officials are vowing to provide a huge amount of federal disaster aid. Meanwhile crews continue efforts to rescue those stranded by the storm. Even as the storm passed north after tearing through Florida and the Carolinas, water levels continued to rise in some flooded areas. Storm water has inundated homes and streets that were passable just a day or two earlier. Yesterday, fewer than 700,000 homes and businesses in Florida were still without electricity, down from a peak of 2.6 million.

SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES MAY SLOW REBUILD EFFORT IN FLORIDA AFTER IAN

UNDATED (AP) — Crews are beginning to repair — and in some cases, rebuild — Florida’s power grid after the state was pummeled by Hurricane Ian. Florida Power & Light says it has enough poles, generators and wire to get juice flowing again to those affected by the storm. But power industry officials warn that kinks in the nation’s supply chain could slow the process. They fear if damage from Ian along the Atlantic coast is worse than expected — or if another natural disaster strikes elsewhere in the U.S. — recovery efforts in Florida could be delayed.

COMBATANTS FOR NEVADA’S GOVERNOR’S RACE DEBATE

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s Republican gubernatorial candidate, Joe Lombardo, sought in a debate yesterday to distance himself from former President Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election. But Lombardo said Trump’s policies were better than those of President Joe Biden, which he blames for a rise in inflation and rising interest rates. Lombardo’s decision to back away from Trump’s false election claims is likely to produce an awkward meeting next weekend, when Trump is to campaign for Lombardo in Nevada.

3 DIE WHEN PLANE CRASHES INTO HOUSE IN MINNESOTA

HERMANTOWN, Minn. (AP) — Three people aboard a small airplane died when it crashed into a house near a northern Minnesota airport. But the two people sleeping inside the house — and their cat — were unhurt. Police in the town of Hermantown say a Cessna 172 hit the second floor of the house late Saturday — and ended up in the backyard. Jason Hoffman tells Minnesota Public Radio he and his wife were asleep when the plane tore through their roof. Hoffman says after grabbing a flashlight, he and and his wife saw an airplane wheel at the end of their bed.

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