Sen. Rick Scott Seeking Details on Lee County, Fla., Evacuation Order

Officials are looking into why Lee County, Florida, issued its evacuation order just 24 hours before Hurricane Ian hit, rather than moving sooner to get people to leave their homes, Sen. Rick Scott said Sunday, adding that he also wants more information. 

“I think it’s something we have to look at to see why did it happen,” the Florida Republican, also a former Florida governor, said in an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union.” “The way you have to look at it is, every loss of life, you have to say to yourself, what could you do differently next time so it never happens again?”

Lee County has reported 35 deaths from the storm, which made landfall Wednesday in the Fort Myers area as a strong Category 4 storm. So far, Florida is reporting about 48 deaths from the hurricane but expects that number to climb as recovery efforts continue. 

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