According to officials, the damage caused by Hurricane Ian has been catastrophic, with the cities of Sanibel, Cape Coral and Fort Myers, as well as other areas along the coast, having their roofs torn off.
The southwest Florida coast where Ian made landfall was hit the hardest by the storm, including Lee County, which was devastated.
Structural rebuilds will be necessary to fix the damages after Hurricane Ian destroyed a 50 foot section of the causeway bridge in Sanibel.
Heavy flooding, downed trees and other damage to homes were caused by Ian, which weakened to a tropical storm Thursday.
A 500-year flood event took place in Central Florida, including Orange County, Florida, which is located in the heart of the tourism industry in the state.
There are more than 2.5 million people. There are a lot of people without power in Florida.
At 3:05 p.m., Ian made landfall. There is an island off the coast of Fort Lauderdale. Massive floods and millions without power were caused by the powerful storm that hit Florida. President Joe Biden declared a major disaster in Florida on Thursday, freeing up federal funding for storm recovery. According to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center, Ian weakened as it traveled through central Florida.
The T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that even weak storms pose a serious flood risk to hospitals along the coast. Almost all of the hospitals in the North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton area are at risk of flooding from a Category 2 storm. The first to evaluate flooding risk to hospitals on the Atlantic and Gulf Coast from Category 1 to 4 storms has been published.
There is a tropical storm in Florida.
The section of Sanibel Causeway was destroyed by Ian.
Hurricane Ian left a trail of misery as it traveled through Southwest Florida.
Nearly 2.5 million people are still without power after the storm.