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Photos and videos: Scenes from Hurricane Ian’s destructive path across Florida

The hurricane, with its punishing winds and drenching rain, flooded homes and knocked out power for 2.5 million people.

Damaged homes and debris are shown in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Thursday in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. – Wilfredo Lee / AP
An aerial picture taken on Thursday shows a flooded neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, Florida. – RICARDO ARDUENGO / AFP via Getty Images
An aerial picture taken on Thursday shows a flooded neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, Florida. – RICARDO ARDUENGO / AFP via Getty Images
In an aerial view, damaged buildings are seen Thursday in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. – Joe Raedle / Getty Images
In this frame grab from video provided by Bobby Pratt, people walk along the Times Square area of Fort Myers Beach, Florida, on Thursday. – Bobby Pratt via AP
Sanibel causeway damage
A damaged causeway to Sanibel Island is seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Thursday near Sanibel Island, Florida. – Wilfredo Lee / AP
Damage in Fort Myers
Destruction from Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, Florida, on Thursday. – Hilary Swift/The New York Times
Damage in Fort Myers
Destruction from Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, Florida, on Thursday. – Hilary Swift/The New York Times
Damage in Fort Myers
Smoldering homes are seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian on Thursday in Fort Myers, Florida. – Wilfredo Lee / AP
Damage in Fort Myers
Jake Moses, 19, left, and Heather Jones, 18, of Fort Myers, Florida, explore a section of destroyed businesses at Fort Myers Beach on Thursday. – Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times via AP
Damage in Fort Myers
An area where homes once stood is seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian on Thursday in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. – Wilfredo Lee / AP
Damage in Fort Myers
A broken utility pole on a flooded street following Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, Florida, on Thursday. – Eva Marie Uzcategui / Bloomberg
This aerial photo shows damaged homes and debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Thursday in Fort Myers, Florida. – Wilfredo Lee / AP
This aerial photo shows damaged homes and debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Thursday in Fort Myers, Florida. – Wilfredo Lee / AP
A man takes photos of boats damaged by Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, Florida, on Thursday. – GIORGIO VIERA / AFP via Getty Images
Boat are partially submerged at a marina in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, Florida, on Thursday. – GIORGIO VIERA / AFP via Getty Images
A resident sits next to a boat Thursday that pushed against her apartment when Hurricane Ian passed through the area in Fort Myers. – Joe Raedle / Getty Images
A boat is left stranded on the shore in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, Florida, on Thursday. – GIORGIO VIERA / AFP via Getty Images
James Grey looks for his house boat along the Caloosahatchee River in downtown Fort Myers, Florida, on Thursday. – Kinfay Moroti / The New York Times
James Grey looks for his house boat along the Caloosahatchee River in downtown Fort Myers, Florida, on Thursday. – Kinfay Moroti / The New York Times
Firefighters in Orange County, Florida, help people stranded by Hurricane Ian early Thursday. – Orange County Fire Rescue’s Public Information Office via AP
A resident looks over her apartment Thursday after flood water inundated it when Hurricane Ian passed through the area in Fort Myers, Florida. – Joe Raedle / Getty Images
People survey damage to their home Thursday in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, in Valrico, Florida. – Chris O’Meara / AP
Joe Dalton, on vacation from Cleveland, Ohio, checks out beached boats at Fort Myers Wharf along the Caloosahatchee River on Thursday. – Amy Beth Bennett / South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP
Winds Hurricane Ian
A man live streams as gusts from Hurricane Ian hit Punta Gorda, Florida, on Wednesday. – Ricardo Arduengo/AFP
Hurricane Ian in Sarasota
A tree is uprooted by strong winds as Hurricane Ian churns to the south on Wednesday in Sarasota, Florida. – Sean Rayford/Getty Images
Tampa Bay drained
People venture into Tampa Bay, where the water has drained as Hurricane Ian approaches, in Tampa on Wednesday. – SARASOTA, FL – SEPTEMBER 28: A tree is uprooted by strong winds as Hurricane Ian churns to the south on September 28, 2022 in Sarasota, Florida. The storm made a U.S. landfall at Cayo Costa, Florida this afternoon as a Category 4 hurricane with wind speeds over 140 miles per hour in some areas. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
Flooding at HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital
In this photo provided by Dr. Birgit Bodine, a staff member stands in a flooded hallway at HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital in Port Charlotte, Florida, on Wednesday. Hurricane Ian swamped the Florida hospital from both above and below, the storm surge flooding its lower-level emergency room while fierce winds tore part of its fourth-floor roof from its intensive care unit, according to Bodine, who works there. – Dr. Birgit Bodine via AP
Boats are pushed up on a causeway after Hurricane Ian passed through the area on Wednesday in Fort Myers, Florida. – Joe Raedle / Getty Images
Airplanes overturned in Pembroke Pines, Florida
Airplanes overturned by a likely tornado produced by the outer bands of Hurricane Ian are shown Wednesday at North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines, Florida. – Wilfredo Lee / AP
Tornado damage from Hurricane Ian
King Point resident Maria Esturilho is escorted by her son Tony Esturilho as they leave behind the damage from an apparent overnight tornado spawned from Hurricane Ian at Kings Point 55+ community in Delray Beach, Florida, on Wednesday. – Carline Jean /South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP
Damaged cars from Hurricane Ian
Cars damaged from the tornado spawned from Hurricane Ian at Kings Point 55+ community in Delray Beach, Florida, on Wednesday. – Carline Jean/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP
Uprooted tree from Hurricane Ian
An uprooted tree, toppled by strong winds from the outer bands of Hurricane Ian, rests in a parking lot of a shopping center Wednesday in Cooper City, Florida. – Wilfredo Lee / AP
Street sign blown down
A blown down street sign is seen as the eye of Hurricane Ian passes by in Punta Gorda, Florida, on Wednesday. – RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP via Getty Images
Damaged causeway in Sanibel
A section of the causeway leading to Sanibel, Florida, in Lee County was knocked out by Hurricane Ian. – Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times via AP
Damage in Sanibel from Ian
Just before the Sanibel Causeway, a spiral staircase was deposited in the brush next to a white pickup as Hurricane Ian passed. – Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times via AP

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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