Stunning photos show the destructive aftermath of Hurricane Ian


Extremely dangerous conditions persist in Florida as Hurricane Ian, now a tropical storm, moved north up the Atlantic coast, leaving a trail of destruction.

Ian dropped between 6 inches and 20 inches of rain in central Florida, with peak wind gusts of 140 mph recorded in Cape Coral, near where he made landfall on Wednesday as a category monster 4.

As search and rescue efforts intensify, the death toll remains uncertain. Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno told “Good Morning America” ​​the deaths are likely “in the hundreds,” but her office was unable to confirm the number to HuffPost and Governor Ron DeSantis said that was an “estimate” based on 911 calls from blocked residents.

More than 2.6 million people were without power in the state, according to PowerOutage.us, and it will take time for that to be fully restored.

“We’ve already restored approximately three-quarters of a million customers, but it’s clear the hardest hit areas near Naples and Fort Myers will take longer,” Florida Power and Light spokesman Peter Robbins said. at CNN. “We won’t stop until every last person is on, but I know our customers are going to need patience.”

See the latest photos below.

This aerial photo shows damaged homes and debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian Thursday, Sept. 29, in Fort Myers.
Vehicles drive through a flooded area after Hurricane Ian hit Fort Myers Sept. 29.
Vehicles drive through a flooded area after Hurricane Ian hit Fort Myers Sept. 29.

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A commercial sign sits on the street after being toppled by winds and rain from Hurricane Ian on September 29, 2022 in Bartow.
A commercial sign sits on the street after being toppled by winds and rain from Hurricane Ian on September 29, 2022 in Bartow.

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Tom Park begins cleaning up after Hurricane Ian hit on September 29, 2022 in Punta Gorda.
Tom Park begins cleaning up after Hurricane Ian hit on September 29, 2022 in Punta Gorda.

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In this aerial view, damaged homes are seen after Hurricane Ian swept through the Gulf Coast of Florida on September 29, 2022 in Punta Gorda.
In this aerial view, damaged homes are seen after Hurricane Ian swept through the Gulf Coast of Florida on September 29, 2022 in Punta Gorda.

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Brenda Brennan sits next to a boat that slammed into her apartment when Hurricane Ian swept through the area Sept. 29 in Fort Myers.
Brenda Brennan sits next to a boat that slammed into her apartment when Hurricane Ian swept through the area Sept. 29 in Fort Myers.

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Stedi Scuderi watches over his apartment after floodwaters inundated it when Hurricane Ian swept through the area Sept. 29 in Fort Myers.
Stedi Scuderi watches over his apartment after floodwaters inundated it when Hurricane Ian swept through the area Sept. 29 in Fort Myers.

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Residents inspect damage to a marina as boats are partially submerged in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, September 29.
Residents inspect damage to a marina as boats are partially submerged in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, September 29.

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Stefanie Karas stands in her apartment after floodwaters inundated it when Hurricane Ian rolled through the area Thursday in Fort Myers.
Stefanie Karas stands in her apartment after floodwaters inundated it when Hurricane Ian rolled through the area Thursday in Fort Myers.

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A section of causeway leading to Sanibel, Lee County was destroyed by Hurricane Ian on Thursday.
A section of causeway leading to Sanibel, Lee County was destroyed by Hurricane Ian on Thursday.
In this photo provided by the Orange County Fire Rescue Public Information Office, firefighters assist those stranded by Hurricane Ian early Thursday.
In this photo provided by the Orange County Fire Rescue Public Information Office, firefighters assist those stranded by Hurricane Ian early Thursday.

Orange County Fire Rescue Public Information Office via AP

Damaged boats are seen after Hurricane Ian caused widespread destruction in Fort Myers on Thursday.
Damaged boats are seen after Hurricane Ian caused widespread destruction in Fort Myers on Thursday.
Shawn Hulbert, 38, stands outside his damaged home in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Punta Gorda on Thursday.
Shawn Hulbert, 38, stands outside his damaged home in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Punta Gorda on Thursday.

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Vehicles sit in floodwaters at Palm Isle apartments in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian Thursday in Orlando.
Vehicles sit in floodwaters at Palm Isle apartments in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian Thursday in Orlando.

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