Stunning Photos Show Hurricane Ian's Destructive Aftermath

More than 2.6 million people were without power in Florida.
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A man takes photos of boats wrecked by Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers on Thursday.
A man takes photos of boats wrecked by Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers on Thursday.
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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 anywhere from 6 inches to 20 inches of rain across central Florida, with peak wind gusts of 140 mph recorded in Cape Coral, near where it made landfall Wednesday as a Category 4 monster.

As search and rescue efforts ramp up, the death toll remained unclear. Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno told “Good Morning America” the fatalities are likely “in the hundreds,” but his office was unable to confirm the number to HuffPost and Gov. Ron DeSantis said it was “an estimate” based on 911 calls from stranded 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 about three-quarters of a million customers, but clearly the more impacted areas near Naples and Fort Myers will take longer,” Peter Robbins, a spokesperson for Florida Power and Light, told CNN. “We won’t stop until every last person is on, but I know our customers are going to need some patience.”

See the latest photos below.

Vehicles drive through standing water left in the wake of Hurricane Ian on Sept. 30 in Port Charlotte.
Vehicles drive through standing water left in the wake of Hurricane Ian on Sept. 30 in Port Charlotte.
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A man walks into a flooded street to check on his mother in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian on Sept. 29 in Orlando.
A man walks into a flooded street to check on his mother in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian on Sept. 29 in Orlando.
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In this aerial view, vehicles line up to purchase gasoline in the wake of Hurricane Ian on Sept. 30 in Port Charlotte.
In this aerial view, vehicles line up to purchase gasoline in the wake of Hurricane Ian on Sept. 30 in Port Charlotte.
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Vehicles float in the water after Hurricane Ian on Sept. 29 in Bonita Springs.
Vehicles float in the water after Hurricane Ian on Sept. 29 in Bonita Springs.
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Washed-up boats and destruction at Fort Myers Beach on Sept. 29.
Washed-up boats and destruction at Fort Myers Beach on Sept. 29.
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A woman walks through her Fort Myers neighborhood Thursday on a flooded street in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.
A woman walks through her Fort Myers neighborhood Thursday on a flooded street in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.
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A damaged causeway to Sanibel Island is seen on Sept. 29.
A damaged causeway to Sanibel Island is seen on Sept. 29.
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Commercial businesses are seen Thursday in the wake of Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers Beach.
Commercial businesses are seen Thursday in the wake of Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers Beach.
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Jake Moses, 19, and Heather Jones, 18, of Fort Myers, explore a section of destroyed businesses at Fort Myers Beach on Sept. 29.
Jake Moses, 19, and Heather Jones, 18, of Fort Myers, explore a section of destroyed businesses at Fort Myers Beach on Sept. 29.
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Damaged homes and businesses are seen in Fort Myers Beach on Sept. 29.
Damaged homes and businesses are seen in Fort Myers Beach on Sept. 29.
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Remnants of damaged homes and flooded vehicles are seen in Fort Myers Beach on Sept. 29, 2022.
Remnants of damaged homes and flooded vehicles are seen in Fort Myers Beach on Sept. 29, 2022.
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This aerial photo shows damaged homes and debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Thursday, Sept. 29, in Fort Myers.
This aerial photo shows damaged homes and debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Thursday, Sept. 29, in Fort Myers.
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Vehicles make their way through a flooded area after Hurricane Ian passed through on Sept. 29, in Fort Myers.
Vehicles make their way through a flooded area after Hurricane Ian passed through on Sept. 29, in Fort Myers.
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Residents of mobile homes clean up debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, in Fort Myers on Sept. 29.
Residents of mobile homes clean up debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, in Fort Myers on Sept. 29.
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People embrace as they survey property damage in Bonita Springs on Sept. 29.
People embrace as they survey property damage in Bonita Springs on Sept. 29.
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A man tries to ride bike in the flooding in Fort Myers on Sept. 29.
A man tries to ride bike in the flooding in Fort Myers on Sept. 29.
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A view of flooded and damaged area aftermath of hurricane in a neighborhood in Fort Myers on Sept. 29.
A view of flooded and damaged area aftermath of hurricane in a neighborhood in Fort Myers on Sept. 29.
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A commercial sign lies in the street after being toppled by the winds and rain from Hurricane Ian on Thursday in Bartow.
A commercial sign lies in the street after being toppled by the winds and rain from Hurricane Ian on Thursday in Bartow.
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Tom Park begins cleaning up Thursday after Hurricane Ian moved through Punta Gorda.
Tom Park begins cleaning up Thursday after Hurricane Ian moved through Punta Gorda.
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In this aerial view, damaged homes are seen Thursday after Hurricane Ian moved through the Gulf Coast of Florida in Punta Gorda.
In this aerial view, damaged homes are seen Thursday after Hurricane Ian moved through the Gulf Coast of Florida in Punta Gorda.
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Brenda Brennan sits next to a boat Thursday that pushed against her apartment when Hurricane Ian passed through the Fort Myers area.
Brenda Brennan sits next to a boat Thursday that pushed against her apartment when Hurricane Ian passed through the Fort Myers area.
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Stedi Scuderi looks over her apartment after floodwater inundated it when Hurricane Ian passed through the area on Sept. 29, in Fort Myers.
Stedi Scuderi looks over her apartment after floodwater inundated it when Hurricane Ian passed through the area on 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, on Sept. 29.
Residents inspect damage to a marina as boats are partially submerged in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, on Sept. 29.
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Stefanie Karas stands in her apartment after floodwater inundated it when Hurricane Ian passed through the area on Thursday in Fort Myers.
Stefanie Karas stands in her apartment after floodwater inundated it when Hurricane Ian passed through the area on Thursday in Fort Myers.
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A section of the causeway leading to Sanibel, in Lee County, was knocked out by Hurricane Ian on Thursday.
A section of the causeway leading to Sanibel, in Lee County, was knocked out by Hurricane Ian on Thursday.
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Orange County Fire Rescue's firefighters help people stranded by Hurricane Ian early Thursday.
Orange County Fire Rescue's firefighters help people stranded by Hurricane Ian early Thursday.
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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.
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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 floodwater at the Palm Isle apartments in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian on Thursday in Orlando.
Vehicles sit in floodwater at the Palm Isle apartments in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian on Thursday in Orlando.
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