Hurricane Ian Damage Photos: Haunting aerial images show storm aftermath at Fort Myers, Sanibel Island, after landfall in Florida

FORT MYERS, Florida– Ian’s devastation began to come into focus a day after landing in Florida one of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit the United States

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The storm flooded homes on both coasts of the state, cut the only bridge to a barrier island, destroyed a historic waterfront pier and knocked out power to 2.67 million Florida homes and businesses. The death toll continues to rise.

Pictures from the Fort Myers area, a few miles west of where Ian made landfall, showed homes torn from their panels and dumped among shredded debris. Shops near the beach were completely destroyed, leaving only twisted debris. Broken docks drifted at odd angles alongside damaged boats, and fires smoldered on lots where houses once stood.

A section of the Sanibel Causeway collapsed into the sea, cutting off access to the offshore island, which is home to 6,300 people. It was not known how many evacuation orders were being followed, but Patrick Fuller, Charlotte County’s director of emergency management, expressed cautious optimism.

The aerial images below show the devastation of this monstrous Category 4 storm:

Fort Myers Beach

Damaged and missing homes are seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian Thursday, September 29, 2022 in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

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People walk along the beach past a damaged home after Hurricane Ian, Thursday, September 29, 2022, in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

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Damaged boats and structures are seen after Hurricane Ian on Thursday, September 29, 2022 in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

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Smoldering homes are seen in Fort Myers Beach after Hurricane Ian on Thursday, September 29, 2022. Fla.

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The remnant of a pier is seen after Hurricane Ian on Thursday, September 29, 2022 in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

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Trading companies are seen following Hurricane Ian on Thursday, September 29, 2022 in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

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Damaged homes and debris are shown after Hurricane Ian on Thursday, September 29, 2022 in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

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Damaged boats are seen after Hurricane Ian on Thursday, September 29, 2022 in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

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Damaged homes and debris are shown after Hurricane Ian on Thursday, September 29, 2022 in Fort Myers, Florida.

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Damaged boats and debris pile up along the shore in this aerial photo in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian Thursday, September 29, 2022, in Fort Myers, Fla.

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This aerial photo shows damaged homes and debris following Hurricane Ian Thursday, September 29, 2022 in Fort Myers, Florida.

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This aerial photo shows damaged homes and debris following Hurricane Ian Thursday, September 29, 2022 in Fort Myers, Florida.

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Damaged structures are seen after Hurricane Ian on Thursday, September 29, 2022 in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

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Damaged boats lie ashore and at sea after Hurricane Ian Thursday, September 29, 2022, in Fort Myers, Fla.

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A military helicopter takes off from Sanibel Island in Florida on Thursday, September 29, 2022 following Hurricane Ian.

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A damaged causeway to Sanibel Island is seen following Hurricane Ian Thursday, September 29, 2022 near Sanibel Island, Florida.

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A section of the damaged Sanibel Causeway seen after Hurricane Ian on Thursday September 29, 2022 near Sanibel Island, Florida.

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Cattle move in a flooded field after Hurricane Ian, Thursday, September 29, 2022, on Sanibel Island, Florida.

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A damaged causeway to Sanibel Island is seen following Hurricane Ian Thursday, September 29, 2022 near Sanibel Island, Florida.

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The Sanibel Island Lighthouse is seen after Hurricane Ian on Thursday, September 29, 2022 on Sanibel Island, Florida.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Laura Coffey

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