Hurricane Ian pummeled through Florida Wednesday, devastating an entire state. The storm has been referred to as a “500-year flood event” due to its unusual strength.
are feared dead according to Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno, though nothing has yet been confirmed.
“This is a life-changing event for all of us,” Marceno said. “I don’t have confirmed numbers — I definitely know the fatalities are in the hundreds.”
“There are thousands of people that are waiting to be rescued. And again, cannot get a true assessment until we’re actually on scene assessing each scene, and we can’t access people, that’s the problem,” he said.
Many people who had the bunker-down mentality revealed that within a 10-minute span, their streets and homes had been flooded and they realized there was no quick point of escape.
Schools, hospitals and fire stations have all been left abandoned due to flood damage.
Here are nearly two dozen haunting photos that show the aftermath of Hurricane Ian — and the havoc it wreaked on various kinds of property, especially people’s homes and the areas they call home.
Stedi Scuderi looks over her apartment after flood water inundated it when Hurricane Ian passed through the area.
Frankie Romulus (L) and Kendrick Romulus stand outside of their apartment next to a boat that floated into their apartment complex when Hurricane Ian passed through.
Tobacco farm owner Maritza Carpio cries next to her husband Ramon Martinez while looking at their destroyed tobacco house after the passage of Hurricane Ian in San Luis, Cuba, on Sept. 27, 2022. – “A catastrophe”, said Maritza Carpio in front of the ruins of the tobacco house on her farm in Vuelta Abajo, the land of the best tobacco in Cuba and the pillar of a vital industry for the country, converted into a jumble of logs, pitchforks and shingles in the wake of devastating Hurricane Ian. AFP via Getty Images
Pat Ton, holding his dog Ginger, stands in his neighborhood in Fort Myers Beach on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022.
Video posted by the Naples Fire Department shows a firefighter rescuing a motorist from rising flood waters Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, in Florida. The area experienced historic storm surge levels from Hurricane Ian. Naples Fire Rescue
A firefighter carries a woman through knee-deep water in Orange County, Florida. Orange County Fire Rescue’s Public Information Office via AP
A man walks through debris on a street in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Punta Gorda, Florida. AFP via Getty Images
A family plays in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers. James Keivom for NY Post
Authorities transport a person out of the Avante nursing home in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Orlando. AP
Boats are pushed up on a causeway after Hurricane Ian passed through Fort Myers, Florida. Getty Images
Firefighters help people stranded by Hurricane Ian in Orange County. AP
Jackie Pelton walks through her home that was destroyed after flood waters inundated it when Hurricane Ian passed through Fort Myers. Getty Images
Firefighters pick up residents stranded by flooded waters in Orange County, Florida. Orange County Fire Rescue’s Public Information Office via AP
A man inspects damage to a marina as boats are partially submerged in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers. AFP via Getty Images
A Florida man captures a heartbreaking image of his newly purchased $1 million McLaren P1, which was swept away from his garage by Hurricane Ian flooding. Instagram/@lambo9286
A boat lies partially submerged in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Punta Gorda, Florida. AFP via Getty Images
A boat crashed into a woman’s apartment while Hurricane Ian passed through Florida. Getty Images
A dog was seen alone and left stranded on a car. Rescue efforts were made to save the animal. TikTok; shieldsofstrength
A man walks near park benches near Lake Eola in a flooded downtown following Hurricane Ian, in Orlando, Florida. GARY BOGDON/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
Sisters Angel Disbrow (R) and Selena Disbrow walked along the shore of a receded Tampa Bay being Hurricane Ian arrived. Getty Images
A commercial sign lies in the street after being toppled by the winds and rain from Hurricane Ian in Bartow, Florida. Getty Images
Remnants of damaged homes and flooded vehicles mingle on Fort Myers Beach. ZUMAPRESS.com
Good Samaritans carrying an elderly man who was trapped in a submerged vehicle to safety. @colliercountycowboys_ via Storyful