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Devastating pictures show scale of Hurricane Ian after it smashes into Florida

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Trees, cars, roads and entire homes have been destroyed or washed away by catastrophic floods in Florida.

Hurricane Ian hit the southwest part of the state yesterday afternoon. The category four storm has now been downgraded to category one but not before it wreaked complete havoc.

No deaths in the US were reported as of the end of yesterday but the storm previously tore into Cuba, killing two people and bringing down the country’s electrical grid.

A boat carrying Cuban migrants has sank east of Key West, with up to 20 people missing.

The US coastguard were able to find three survivors while four others managed to swim to Stock Island, just east of Key West.

The hurricane brought torrential rain leaving American neighbourhoods underwater.

Swimming pool before the hurricane, completely flooded swimming pool area.
Hurricane Ian brought torrential rain and 150mph winds to Florida (Pictures: LoniArchitects/Instagram)

Pictures show terrifying scenes, with areas unrecognisable after being completely submerged in water.

Ian’s rain was accompanied by 150mph winds which earned Hurricane Ian a tie with the fourth-strongest storm to ever hit the US – 2004’s Hurricane Charley.

Charley made landfall in a spot extremely close to Hurricane Ian, on August 14 of that year, in Florida.

This storm also brought 150mph winds but its eye was smaller than Ian’s and Charley ultimately caused less damage.

Location Fort Meyers, Florida Location Fort Meyers, Florida Image 2 - Before - Big Blue Building 11250413 - 'Apocalyptic' Hurricane Ian reaches Category 4 as it bears down on Florida: Winds hit 155mph and power is out for 17,000 before it even makes landfall after first lashing Cuba killing two and taking out island's electricity. Hurricane Ian has swelled into a catastrophic Category Four storm as it bears down on Florida's west coast Wednesday with winds hitting 155mph and 17,000 houses have been left without power, hours after the storm left two dead and laid waste to parts of Cuba. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said at 5am Wednesday that Ian has now exceeded previous estimations of top wind speeds of 130 mph (210kph) and is centered about 75 miles (125 kilometers) west-southwest of Naples, Florida. Ian is moving north at a forward speed of 10 mph (17kph), they added. Mandatory evacuation orders were issued late in the night in a dozen coastal Florida counties, with voluntary evacuation recommended in several others, according to the state's emergency officials. 11260497 11260497 11260497
A parking lot and a street in Fort Meyers just before flooding hit the area (Picture: LoniArchitects/Instagram)
Location Fort Meyers, Florida Location Fort Meyers, Florida Image 2 - During - Big Blue Building 11250413 - 'Apocalyptic' Hurricane Ian reaches Category 4 as it bears down on Florida: Winds hit 155mph and power is out for 17,000 before it even makes landfall after first lashing Cuba killing two and taking out island's electricity. Hurricane Ian has swelled into a catastrophic Category Four storm as it bears down on Florida's west coast Wednesday with winds hitting 155mph and 17,000 houses have been left without power, hours after the storm left two dead and laid waste to parts of Cuba. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said at 5am Wednesday that Ian has now exceeded previous estimations of top wind speeds of 130 mph (210kph) and is centered about 75 miles (125 kilometers) west-southwest of Naples, Florida. Ian is moving north at a forward speed of 10 mph (17kph), they added. Mandatory evacuation orders were issued late in the night in a dozen coastal Florida counties, with voluntary evacuation recommended in several others, according to the state's emergency officials. 11260497 11260497 11260497
The same parking lot around two hours later, completely underwater (Picture: LoniArchitects/Instagram)

Ian dropped in strength to 90mph winds as it moved overland last night.

But more than two million Florida homes and businesses were left without electricity.

The storm is currently travelling towards South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia – where all governors have declared states of emergency.

Forecasters predicted Ian will hit those states as a tropical storm, likely dumping more flooding rains into the weekend.

Location Fort Meyers just before the flooding.
The coastal city of Fort Meyers in before the storm had properly hit (Picture: LoniArchitects/Instagram)
 Fort Meyers completely underwater.
The area was unrecognisable by midday on Wednesday (Picture: LoniArchitects/Instagram)

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