See dramatic photos of Hurricane Ian’s extensive damage in Florida

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Floridians woke up to devastating scenes Thursday morning Hurricane Ianone of the strongest storms ever to hit the US caused widespread destruction on the state’s west coast.

The storm, which made landfall on Wednesday as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, flooded numerous buildings and streets, ripped off roofs, left people trapped in their homes and knocked out power to millions of residents. Ian has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but forecasters have warned that the threat of “catastrophic” flooding will continue as Ian moves east. It was expected to move across the Carolinas this weekend.

Authorities were still assessing the situation in Florida, but the following photos offer a glimpse of the damage.

Fort Myers

One of the hardest hit cities was Fort Myers, which is just north of where Ian made landfall. Photos show numerous boats damaged by the hurricane’s massive storm surge, as well as flooded roads and buildings.

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

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A flooded street is seen in downtown Fort Myers as Hurricane Ian made landfall in southwest Florida on September 28, 2022.

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Stedi Scuderi looks at her apartment after it was inundated by floodwaters as Hurricane Ian passed through the area on September 29, 2022 in Fort Myers, Florida.

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Damaged boats are seen downtown after Hurricane Ian caused widespread destruction in Fort Myers, Florida, on September 29, 2022.

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Punta Gorda

Punta Gorda, the small city and county seat of Charlotte County, woke up Thursday to heavy flooding, collapsed buildings and streets covered in debris and downed trees.

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A downed road sign and downed trees are seen near a flooded river after a hurricane in Punta Gorda County, Florida, United States on September 29, 2022.

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A collapsed building near a flooded river after a hurricane in Punta Gorda County, Florida, United States on September 29, 2022.

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This aerial view shows damaged homes after Hurricane Ian made landfall along the Gulf Coast of Florida on September 29, 2022 in Punta Gorda, Florida.

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A man walks through debris on a street in the wake of Hurricane Ian in Punta Gorda, Florida on September 29, 2022.

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Bartow

Bartow, the county seat of Polk County, faced high winds and heavy rain that knocked down trees, power lines and business signs.

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A worker repairs a power line during a power outage after Hurricane Ian passed through the area on September 29, 2022 in Bartow, Florida.

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A business sign lies in the street after being blown down by winds and rain from Hurricane Ian on September 29, 2022 in Bartow, Florida.

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Sanibel Causeway

The hurricane also destroyed much of it Sanibel Causewaywhich connects Sanibel Island to the Florida mainland, cutting off access to the barrier island, where about 6,400 people normally live.

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A section of the damaged Sanibel Causeway seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, near Sanibel Island, Florida.

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At least three sections of the Sanibel Causeway were washed away by the storm surge from Hurricane Ian

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Orlando

Flooding from Tropical Storm Ian hit central Florida on Thursday. In Orlando, emergency responders helped evacuate a nursing home as floodwaters rose.

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A car is seen abandoned on a flooded road due to heavy rains from Hurricane Ian on September 29, 2022 in Orlando, Florida.

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Streets stand on a road flooded by heavy rain from Hurricane Ian on September 29, 2022 in Orlando, Florida.

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