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In pictures: the damage caused by Hurricane Ian in Florida and Cuba

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Fort Myers, Florida.

Hurricane Ian hit West Florida on Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of more than 150 mph, causing “catastrophic” flooding in several locations.

Ian also left historic flooding and severe damage in the middle of the peninsula and is expected to make landfall in South Carolina again this Friday.

On Wednesday, the storm produced a multi-meter high storm surge that flooded large areas of Southwest Florida towns like Fort Myers and Naples that were destroyed in the areas near the coast.

The authorities believe there is hundreds of people trapped in their homes, after failing to follow evacuation orders issued before the hurricane’s arrival. Some are in areas only accessible by bridges that have been destroyed.

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