Florida, Carolinas count the cost of one of the worst U.S. hurricanes

One of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit the U.S. mainland, Hurricane Ian caused tens of billions of dollars in damage and an undetermined number of fatalities in its aftermath.

Ian, now a post-tropical cyclone, was projected to produce hazardous weather to some areas of the Carolinas, Virginia, and West Virginia despite weakening.

"The threat from the hazardous storm surge, flash flooding, and severe winds persists,"

Several piers were damaged, and roads were inundated and blocked by trees.

In the Carolinas and Florida, about 1.9 million homes and businesses were without electricity.

Although the amount of fatalities and repair expenses are still unknown, it was becoming clear how badly damaged Florida was as the third day passed.

Insurance companies are preparing for a loss of $28 billion to $47 billion as a result of what could be the biggest hurricane to hit Florida since Hurricane Andrew in 1992..

Joe Biden, has already authorised a disaster declaration, making government assistance accessible to the storm-affected counties.

The loss of businesses as well as residences is "devastating," according to Grool, a real estate agent with 45 years of island experience.