See dramatic photos of the widespread damage from Hurricane Ian in Florida

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

The storm, which made landfall on Wednesday as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, flooded countless buildings and streets, ripped off roofs, left people locked in their homes and cut power to millions of residents. Ian was downgraded to a tropical storm early Thursday, but forecasters warned the threat of “catastrophic” flooding would continue as the Ian moves east. He was expected to cross the Carolinas this weekend.

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

Fort Myers

One of the hardest hit cities was Fort Myers, 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 photographs boats damaged by Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, Florida, on Sept. 29, 2022.

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

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FORT MYERS FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 29: Stedi Scuderi overlooks her apartment after it flooded when Hurricane Ian passed through the area on September 29, 2022 in Fort Myers, Florida.

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Damaged boats can be seen downtown after Hurricane Ian wreaked widespread destruction in Fort Myers, Florida, on Sept. 29, 2022.

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Punta Gorda, a small town and county seat of Charlotte County, woke up Thursday to severe flooding, collapsed buildings and streets covered with debris and fallen trees.

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A fallen road sign and fallen trees are seen near the flooded river after the hurricane in the Punta Gorda district of Florida, United States on September 29, 2022.

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

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This aerial image shows damaged homes after Hurricane Ian swept through Florida’s Gulf Coast in Punta Gorda, Florida, on September 29, 2022.

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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, the county seat of Polk County, was hit by high winds and torrential rain that knocked down trees, power lines and company signs.

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A worker repairs power lines during a power outage after Hurricane Ian swept through the area on Sept. 29, 2022 in Bartow, Florida.

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Hurricane Ian hits Florida's west coast
A billboard lies on the street after it was toppled by the wind and rain from Hurricane Ian on September 29, 2022, in Bartow, Florida.

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Sanibel Causeway

The hurricane also destroyed much of the Sanibel Causewayconnecting Sanibel Island to mainland Florida, cutting off access to the barrier island normally home to about 6,400 people.

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Part of the damaged Sanibel Causeway seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Thursday, September 29, 2022, near Sanibel Island, Florida.

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

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Orlando

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

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A car is left behind on a flooded road as a result of heavy rainfall from Hurricane Ian on September 29, 2022 in Orlando, Florida.

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A street sign stands on a road flooded by heavy rain from Hurricane Ian on September 29, 2022 in Orlando, Florida.

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