[Episcopal News Service, 9/29/22] Hurricane Ian’s path of destruction across Florida has left many Episcopalians in the dark, both literally and figuratively, as they try to figure out how their neighbors and buildings have fared. Many evacuated and are sheltering away from their home communities, without reliable power or phone service, and cannot return yet.

Ian was so destructive that the extent of the damage it caused may not be known for days; there may have been “substantial loss of life,” President Joe Biden said on Sept. 29. Thousands of people were still waiting to be rescued, local officials said in the morning, and more than 2.6 million customers remained without power. READ MORE

(Photo: Damaged homes and debris were left behind by Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, Florida, on Sept. 29, 2022. Photo: Wilfredo Lee/AP)