Florida Governor Ron Desantis is warning that tropical storm Ian still poses a threat as it moves across the central and north-east sections of the state.

Mr DeSantis, while speaking at a press conference noted that Ian had done severe damage to homes and businesses with the damage in south Florida amounting to a once in a 500 year flood event.

The Governor announced that the state disaster fund started on Wednesday now stands at $1.6m and that the state is preparing to host some Some 30,000 first responders who are expected to assist in the disaster recovery efforts.

Search and rescue missions have been under way since the early hours of Thursday.

Tropical storm Ian made landfall in western Florida as category 4 hurricane on Wednesday, leaving some 2.5 million people without power after ravaging Cuba and leaving the island without power for approximately one day.