Extreme weather events caused more than $165 billion in damage and resulted in at least 474 fatalities, the seventh most since 1980, a government report says.
The US officials have said it could take months, and approximately $50 billion or more, to rebuild Florida's devastated coastal zones.
Officials say the confirmed number of storm-related deaths rose to 44 in Florida, but additional fatalities were still emerging county by county - pointing to a far higher final toll.
Revived Hurricane Ian slams coastal South Carolina, ripping apart piers and filling neighbourhoods with calf-high water in the US state, after causing catastrophic damage in Florida.
Hours after weakening to a tropical storm while crossing Florida peninsula, Ian regains hurricane strength after emerging over the Atlantic Ocean.
Ian plows into Florida as one of the most powerful US storms in recent years, causing power shortages and assaulting the state with howling winds, torrential rain and a treacherous surge of ocean surf.
Ian collapses the Caribbean country's energy infrastructure after pummeling its western regions for more than five hours.
Over 2.5 million Americans in the southeasternmost US state are under evacuation orders or warnings as Ian threatens to bring a deadly storm to some areas.
Ian has became a major Category 3 storm and roars on a path that could see it hit Florida’s west coast as a Category 4 hurricane.
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