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Hurricane Ian batters Florida's Gulf Coast with catastrophic fury

A flooded street is seen in downtown as Hurricane Ian makes landfall in southwestern Florida, in Fort Myers, Florida, September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Marco Bello

A flooded street is seen in downtown as Hurricane Ian makes landfall in southwestern Florida, in Fort Myers, Florida, September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Marco Bello

A flooded street is seen in downtown as Hurricane Ian makes landfall in southwestern Florida, in Fort Myers, Florida, September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Marco Bello
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Fallen trees and debris are seen in a street in downtown as Hurricane Ian makes landfall in southwestern Florida, in Fort Myers, Florida, September 28. REUTERS/Marco Bello

Fallen trees and debris are seen in a street in downtown as Hurricane Ian makes landfall in southwestern Florida, in Fort Myers, Florida, September 28. REUTERS/Marco Bello

Fallen trees and debris are seen in a street in downtown as Hurricane Ian makes landfall in southwestern Florida, in Fort Myers, Florida, September 28. REUTERS/Marco Bello
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People walk in a hallway using a flashlight during a power outage as Hurricane Ian makes landfall in southwestern Florida, in Fort Myers, Florida, September 28. REUTERS/Marco Bello

People walk in a hallway using a flashlight during a power outage as Hurricane Ian makes landfall in southwestern Florida, in Fort Myers, Florida, September 28. REUTERS/Marco Bello

People walk in a hallway using a flashlight during a power outage as Hurricane Ian makes landfall in southwestern Florida, in Fort Myers, Florida, September 28. REUTERS/Marco Bello
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A flooded street is seen downtown as Hurricane Ian makes landfall in southwestern Florida, in Fort Myers, Florida, September 28. REUTERS/Marco Bello

A flooded street is seen downtown as Hurricane Ian makes landfall in southwestern Florida, in Fort Myers, Florida, September 28. REUTERS/Marco Bello

A flooded street is seen downtown as Hurricane Ian makes landfall in southwestern Florida, in Fort Myers, Florida, September 28. REUTERS/Marco Bello
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A fallen traffic light is seen in a street as Hurricane Ian makes landfall in southwestern Florida, in Fort Myers, Florida, September 28. REUTERS/Marco Bello

A fallen traffic light is seen in a street as Hurricane Ian makes landfall in southwestern Florida, in Fort Myers, Florida, September 28. REUTERS/Marco Bello

A fallen traffic light is seen in a street as Hurricane Ian makes landfall in southwestern Florida, in Fort Myers, Florida, September 28. REUTERS/Marco Bello
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Fallen trees and debris are seen in a parking lot as Hurricane Ian makes landfall in southwestern Florida, in Fort Myers, Florida, September 28. REUTERS/Marco Bello

Fallen trees and debris are seen in a parking lot as Hurricane Ian makes landfall in southwestern Florida, in Fort Myers, Florida, September 28. REUTERS/Marco Bello

Fallen trees and debris are seen in a parking lot as Hurricane Ian makes landfall in southwestern Florida, in Fort Myers, Florida, September 28. REUTERS/Marco Bello
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A flooded street is seen downtown as Hurricane Ian makes landfall in southwestern Florida, in Fort Myers, Florida, September 28. REUTERS/Marco Bello

A flooded street is seen downtown as Hurricane Ian makes landfall in southwestern Florida, in Fort Myers, Florida, September 28. REUTERS/Marco Bello

A flooded street is seen downtown as Hurricane Ian makes landfall in southwestern Florida, in Fort Myers, Florida, September 28. REUTERS/Marco Bello
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People gather at Key West pier as Hurricane Ian approaches, September 27, 2022.    Gwen Filosa/via Reuters

People gather at Key West pier as Hurricane Ian approaches, September 27, 2022. Gwen Filosa/via Reuters

People gather at Key West pier as Hurricane Ian approaches, September 27, 2022. Gwen Filosa/via Reuters
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Local residents walk on sand while water is being blown out of Tampa Bay ahead of Hurricane Ian in Tampa, September 28.   REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Local residents walk on sand while water is being blown out of Tampa Bay ahead of Hurricane Ian in Tampa, September 28. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Local residents walk on sand while water is being blown out of Tampa Bay ahead of Hurricane Ian in Tampa, September 28. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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The saline of Tampa Bay is seen ahead of Hurricane Ian, September 28.    REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

The saline of Tampa Bay is seen ahead of Hurricane Ian, September 28. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

The saline of Tampa Bay is seen ahead of Hurricane Ian, September 28. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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High surf hits the beaches before dawn at the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier in Brevard, September 28.  
   Malcolm Denemark/Florida Today via USA Today

High surf hits the beaches before dawn at the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier in Brevard, September 28.  Malcolm Denemark/Florida Today via USA Today

High surf hits the beaches before dawn at the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier in Brevard, September 28.  Malcolm Denemark/Florida Today via USA Today
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Downed palm fronds collect on an empty downtown intersection as Hurricane Ian approaches Florida’s Gulf Coast in Sarasota, September  28.      REUTERS/Steve Nesius

Downed palm fronds collect on an empty downtown intersection as Hurricane Ian approaches Florida’s Gulf Coast in Sarasota, September  28. REUTERS/Steve Nesius

Downed palm fronds collect on an empty downtown intersection as Hurricane Ian approaches Florida’s Gulf Coast in Sarasota, September  28. REUTERS/Steve Nesius
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Gusts from Hurricane Ian begin to knock down small trees and palm fronds in a hotel parking lot in Sarasota, September  28. REUTERS/Steve Nesius

Gusts from Hurricane Ian begin to knock down small trees and palm fronds in a hotel parking lot in Sarasota, September  28. REUTERS/Steve Nesius

Gusts from Hurricane Ian begin to knock down small trees and palm fronds in a hotel parking lot in Sarasota, September  28. REUTERS/Steve Nesius
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A package of sandwich buns sits on empty shelves at a grocery store in Tampa, September 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A package of sandwich buns sits on empty shelves at a grocery store in Tampa, September 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A package of sandwich buns sits on empty shelves at a grocery store in Tampa, September 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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A car is seen on Caloosahatchee Bridge ahead of Hurricane Ian, in Fort Myers, September 28. REUTERS/Marco Bello

A car is seen on Caloosahatchee Bridge ahead of Hurricane Ian, in Fort Myers, September 28. REUTERS/Marco Bello

A car is seen on Caloosahatchee Bridge ahead of Hurricane Ian, in Fort Myers, September 28. REUTERS/Marco Bello
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A car, filled up with water and supplies, sits outside a boarded-up trailer home in Clearwater, September 27.  
  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A car, filled up with water and supplies, sits outside a boarded-up trailer home in Clearwater, September 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A car, filled up with water and supplies, sits outside a boarded-up trailer home in Clearwater, September 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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A man runs by a boarded up storefront in the downtown area of Tampa, September 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A man runs by a boarded up storefront in the downtown area of Tampa, September 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A man runs by a boarded up storefront in the downtown area of Tampa, September 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Ariana Dhall, 8, fills sandbags next to her sister Alicia Dhall, 18, at the Al Barnes Park in Tampa, September 26. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Ariana Dhall, 8, fills sandbags next to her sister Alicia Dhall, 18, at the Al Barnes Park in Tampa, September 26. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Ariana Dhall, 8, fills sandbags next to her sister Alicia Dhall, 18, at the Al Barnes Park in Tampa, September 26. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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A TV crew broadcast from the beach at Fort Myers, September 28. REUTERS/Marco Bello

A TV crew broadcast from the beach at Fort Myers, September 28. REUTERS/Marco Bello

A TV crew broadcast from the beach at Fort Myers, September 28. REUTERS/Marco Bello
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A woman holding a baby enters a shelter for evacuees at Lockhart Elementary school in Tampa, September 27.    REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A woman holding a baby enters a shelter for evacuees at Lockhart Elementary school in Tampa, September 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A woman holding a baby enters a shelter for evacuees at Lockhart Elementary school in Tampa, September 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Men work boarding up a shop window in Port Charlotte, September 27.   REUTERS/Marco Bello

Men work boarding up a shop window in Port Charlotte, September 27. REUTERS/Marco Bello

Men work boarding up a shop window in Port Charlotte, September 27. REUTERS/Marco Bello
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A hurricane evacuation route in Punta Gorda, September 27. REUTERS/Marco Bello

A hurricane evacuation route in Punta Gorda, September 27. REUTERS/Marco Bello

A hurricane evacuation route in Punta Gorda, September 27. REUTERS/Marco Bello
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People attempt to weatherproof a home with cardboard in Tampa, September 28. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

People attempt to weatherproof a home with cardboard in Tampa, September 28. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

People attempt to weatherproof a home with cardboard in Tampa, September 28. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Motorists queue up at a gas station in Port Charlotte, September 27.   REUTERS/Marco Bello

Motorists queue up at a gas station in Port Charlotte, September 27. REUTERS/Marco Bello

Motorists queue up at a gas station in Port Charlotte, September 27. REUTERS/Marco Bello
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A dry wrapped U.S. postal service mailbox in Sarasota, September  28. REUTERS/Steve Nesius

A dry wrapped U.S. postal service mailbox in Sarasota, September  28. REUTERS/Steve Nesius

A dry wrapped U.S. postal service mailbox in Sarasota, September  28. REUTERS/Steve Nesius
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Sandbags sit outside doors in the beachside community of Indian Shores, September 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Sandbags sit outside doors in the beachside community of Indian Shores, September 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Sandbags sit outside doors in the beachside community of Indian Shores, September 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Local residents fill sandbags at the Himes Avenue Complex in Tampa, September 26. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Local residents fill sandbags at the Himes Avenue Complex in Tampa, September 26. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Local residents fill sandbags at the Himes Avenue Complex in Tampa, September 26. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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A sign limiting bottled water purchases hangs on an on empty shelf in a grocery store in Tampa, September 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A sign limiting bottled water purchases hangs on an on empty shelf in a grocery store in Tampa, September 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A sign limiting bottled water purchases hangs on an on empty shelf in a grocery store in Tampa, September 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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The Fort Myers Fishing Pier is seen from a shop by the beach ahead of Hurricane Ian, September 28. REUTERS/Marco Bello

The Fort Myers Fishing Pier is seen from a shop by the beach ahead of Hurricane Ian, September 28. REUTERS/Marco Bello

The Fort Myers Fishing Pier is seen from a shop by the beach ahead of Hurricane Ian, September 28. REUTERS/Marco Bello
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Women walk by a boarded up home in the beachside community of Indian Shores, September 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Women walk by a boarded up home in the beachside community of Indian Shores, September 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Women walk by a boarded up home in the beachside community of Indian Shores, September 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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People attempt to storm-proof a home in the beachside community of Indian Shores, September 27.   REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

People attempt to storm-proof a home in the beachside community of Indian Shores, September 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

People attempt to storm-proof a home in the beachside community of Indian Shores, September 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Rain pours over Sacred Heart Catholic Church in downtown Tampa, September 27.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Rain pours over Sacred Heart Catholic Church in downtown Tampa, September 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Rain pours over Sacred Heart Catholic Church in downtown Tampa, September 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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