Before, after photos show Hurricane Ian storm surge completely destroyed some Sanibel Island, Florida hotels



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Many beach huts along Sanibel Island’s shores were wiped out by Hurricane Ian’s storm surge, new aerial images from NOAA show.

Most homes on Sanibel and Captiva islands are still standing, but appear to have sustained some form of roof damage, in addition to some storm surge and flooding.

Near the Casa Ybel Beach Resort, large scars are seen in the sand – the wave eroded much of the beach and dunes.

An aerial view of beach erosion near the Casa Ybel Beach Resort on Sanibel Island, Florida, before and after Hurricane Ian.

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Shalimar Cottages & Motel is also gone. Its 14 cabins and the entire motel building were obliterated by the storm. At least four cottages – or what’s left of them – stand on the street.

An aerial view of the Shalimar Cottages & Motel on Sanibel Island, Florida, before and after Hurricane Ian.

Mitchell’s SandCastles have also been completely destroyed. There are no buildings left and the property is covered in sand.

An aerial view of Mitchell’s SandCastles on Sanibel Island, Florida, before and after Hurricane Ian.

Only one building remains of the Waterside Inn on the Beach. All that remains of the eight buildings on the property, which surround the swimming pool, is rubbish.

An aerial view of the Waterside Inn on Sanibel Island, Florida, before and after Hurricane Ian.

The roofs of the four buildings that make up Ocean’s Reach have sustained significant damage. It is unclear how things went inside the buildings, but a significant debris field can be seen behind the buildings. The covered parking structure behind the buildings has also been destroyed.

An aerial view of Ocean’s Reach on Sanibel Island, Florida, before and after Hurricane Ian.

Near the Casa Ybel Beach Resort, large scars are seen in the sand – the wave eroded much of the beach and dunes.

An aerial view of beach erosion near the Casa Ybel Beach Resort on Sanibel Island, Florida, before and after Hurricane Ian.

Although storm surge no longer covers Sanibel, a number of homes remain underwater located at the Sanibel Island Golf Club.

An aerial view of Sanibel Island Golf Club, Florida, before and after Hurricane Ian.

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