All eyes are on Florida’s new governor, Ron DeSantis, who media and experts predict could rival Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.
Nicole marches across the southeasternmost American state, downing power lines, flooding homes and leaving at least four people dead.
With 209 seats so far, Republicans appear poised to secure a slim majority in 435-seat House of Representatives, but control of Senate may come down to December run-off in Georgia.
Cruz, who murdered 17 students and staff with a semi-automatic rifle at a Florida high school in 2018, is sentenced to 17 consecutive life terms and an additional 17 terms for attempted murders of those he wounded.
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.
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.
The weather authorities say the storm is expected to turn into a hurricane by early Monday before it reaches western Cuba.
Authorities urge residents to prepare for Ian that is forecast to become a major hurricane within days as it tracks toward the US state.
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