Pictures show the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Ian

An aerial photo taken on September 29, 2022 shows a flooded neighborhood in the wake of Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, Florida.

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Hurricane Ian hit southwest Florida on Wednesday afternoon. The Category 4 hurricane, one of the largest storms ever to hit the United States, tore through the state from coast to coast.

More than 2 million people – about a quarter of the state’s utility customers – were without power. Severe flooding damaged houses and blocked important roads, leaving many trapped. Winds reaching 150 mph tore down houses and businesses. At least 12 people were confirmed dead after Ian’s disastrous path through Florida.

Newly strengthened, Ian is now on his way to the Carolinas. It is expected to make landfall in South Carolina on Friday, with winds of 85 mph in a “life-threatening storm surge,” according to the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Ian left damage across marinas in Fort Myers.

A man takes pictures of boats damaged by Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, Florida on September 29, 2022.

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Parts of Orlando were submerged in feet of water.

People paddle by in a canoe next to a submerged Chevy Corvette in the wake of Hurricane Ian in Orlando, Florida on September 29, 2022.

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Boat washed ashore in Fort Myers.

Brenda Brennan sits next to a boat that pushed against her apartment as Hurricane Ian passed through the area on September 29, 2022 in Fort Myers, Florida.

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Some people had to be transported to safety in Orlando.

Authorities transport a person out of the Avante Nursing Home in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Orlando, Fla.

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Members of the Florida National Guard were activated in Orlando.

Members of the Florida National Guard search for stranded residents in a flooded neighborhood in the wake of Hurricane Ian on September 29, 2022 in Orlando, Florida.

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Fort Myers Beach was hit particularly hard by Hurricane Ian.

A general view from the scene after Hurricane Ian left Florida on Thursday after making landfall as a devastating Category 4 hurricane on September 29, 2022 in Florida, United States.

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Part of the Sanibel Causeway was lost, cutting off access to the island community.

A portion of the Sanibel Causeway was lost due to the effects of Hurricane Ian on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Fort Myers, Fla.

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Streets were flooded in Fort Myers.

Cars drive on a flooded street caused by Hurricane Ian Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Fort Myers, Fla.

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Meanwhile, marinas were also destroyed.

An aerial photo taken on September 29, 2022 shows stacked boats in the wake of Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, Florida.

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Livestock move in a flooded field on Sanibel Island.

Livestock move in a flooded field in the wake of Hurricane Ian, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, on Sanibel Island, Fla.

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About 2.6 million people remain without power after the storm hit Wednesday, and thousands remain stranded.

Widespread catastrophic damage has been left in much of Southwest Florida as 2.6 million people remain without power and thousands remain stranded.

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Ambulances line up in Naples to provide emergency care and transport.

NAPLES, FL – SEPTEMBER 29: Ambulances line up on the shoulder after Hurricane Ian on September 29, 2022 in Naples, Florida. Hurricane Ian brought strong winds, storm surge and rain to the area and caused severe damage. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

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Hurricane Ian partially collapsed the Sanibel Causeway.

An aerial view of a partially collapsed Sanibel Causeway after Hurricane Ian caused widespread destruction, on Sanibel Island, Florida, on September 29, 2022.

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Vehicles float in the water after Hurricane Ian.

Vehicles float in the water after Hurricane Ian on September 29, 2022 in Bonita Springs, Florida. Hurricane Ian brought strong winds, storm surge and rain to the area and caused severe damage.

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A neighborhood near Fort Myers.

Stan Pentz walks out of a neighborhood in Iona after Hurricane Ian hit Florida on September 29, 2022.

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First responders with Orange County Fire Rescue check the welfare of residents as they make their way through a flooded neighborhood in Orlando.

First responders with Orange County Fire Rescue check on the welfare of residents as they make their way through a flooded neighborhood in the wake of Hurricane Ian, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Orlando, Fla.

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Aerial photos show devastation from Hurricane Ian over Fort Myers

Aerial photos show devastation from Hurricane Ian over Fort Myers, Florida

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