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This is how Hurricane Ian hit Florida

(CNN) — Hurricane Ian hit Florida on Wednesday as one of the strongest tropical cyclones to make landfall on the state’s west coast.

The landfall occurred near Cayo Costa with winds close to 240 km/h, a category 4 hurricane. In the early hours of this Thursday, collapsed buildings, flooding, power lines and impassable roads were recorded.

After hitting Cuba on Tuesday and causing an island-wide blackout, Ian took aim at Florida’s vulnerable Gulf Coast. More than 2.5 million people have been advised to flee, including 1.75 million with mandatory evacuation orders.

Stedi Scuderi looks out at his flooded apartment in Fort Myers on Thursday. Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

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A ship is partially submerged in Punta Gorda, Florida on Thursday. Credit: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP/Getty Images

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People survey the damage to their home in Valrico, Florida on Thursday. Credit: Chris O’Meara/AP

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Debris on a street in Punta Gorda this Thursday. Credit: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP/Getty Images

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Brenda Brennan sits next to a boat that the hurricane pushed into her building in Fort Myers on Thursday. She said the boat drifted towards them around 7pm on Wednesday. Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

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Vehicles drive through flooded streets in Fort Myers on Thursday. Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

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Stefanie Karas stands in her flooded apartment in Fort Myers on Thursday. She is an artist and was saving what she could from her house. Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

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Firefighters are helping people stranded in Orange County, Florida early Thursday. Credit: Orange County Fire Rescue Office of Public Information via AP

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An escalator lies next to a damaged van in Sanibel, Florida on Thursday. Credit: Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times/ZUMA Press

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A damaged section of the Sanibel Highway Thursday. A portion of the road was washed away by the storm surge generated by the hurricane, according to live video from CNN affiliate WBBH. The causeway is the only way to get to or from Sanibel and Captiva Islands to mainland Florida. Credit: Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times/ZUMA Press

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A flooded street in downtown Fort Myers after Ian made landfall on Wednesday, September 28. Credit: Marco Bello/Reuters

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A woman looks through a door at damage during a power outage Wednesday in Fort Myers. Credit: Marco Bello/Reuters

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A satellite image shows the hurricane making landfall on the southwest coast of Florida on Wednesday. Credit: NOAA/NASA

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The streets of Naples, Florida were flooded on Wednesday. City authorities have asked residents to shelter in place until further notice. Credit: Naples Police

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A woman is helped out of a muddy area in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday where the water receded due to a storm surge. Credit: Ben Hendren/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

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Strong winds hit Punta Gorda on Wednesday. Credit: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP/Getty Images

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A woman holds an umbrella upside down in the wind in Tampa on Wednesday. Credit: Ben Hendren/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

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Sailboats anchored in Roberts Bay are blown by the wind in Venice, Florida on Wednesday. Credit: Pedro Portal/El Nuevo Herald/TNS/Abaca/Reuters

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Melvin Phillips stands in the flooded basement of his garage in Stuart, Fla., Wednesday. Credit: Crystal Vander Weit/TC Palm/USA Today Network

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A man walks past the place where the water receded from Tampa Bay on Wednesday. Credit: Bryan R. Smith/AFP/Getty Images

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Visible damage to Kings Point Apartments in Delray Beach, Florida, on Wednesday. Authorities believe it was caused by a tornado fueled by Hurricane Ian. Credit: Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post/USA Today Network

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A television crew broadcasts from the beach in Fort Myers on Wednesday. Credit: Marco Bello/Reuters

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Utility trucks are parked in a rural lot Wednesday in The Villages, a Florida retirement community. Credit: Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/AP

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Tampa’s roads were empty on Wednesday, before Hurricane Ian made landfall. Several coastal counties in western Florida were under mandatory evacuation. Credit: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

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A plane that overturned in Pembroke Pines, Florida on Wednesday. Credit: Wilfredo Lee/AP

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Zuram Rodríguez surveys the damage around his home in Davie, Fla., early Wednesday. Credit: Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP

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People play dominoes with a flashlight during an eclipse in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday. Crews in Cuba worked to restore power to millions of people after Hurricane Ian battered the western region with strong winds and a dangerous storm surge, causing an island-wide blackout. Credit: Ramon Espinosa/AP

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People walk through a flooded street in Batabanó, Cuba, on Tuesday. Credit: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images

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Southwest Airlines passengers check in near a sign displaying canceled flights at Tampa International Airport on Tuesday. Credit: Chris O’Meara/AP

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María Llonch collects her belongings from her home in Pinar del Río, Cuba on Tuesday. Credit: Ramon Espinosa/AP

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Traffic piles up on Interstate 4 in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday. Credit: Willie J. Allen Jr./Orlando Sentinel via AP

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A man carries his children through the rain and debris in Pinar del Río on Tuesday. Credit: Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters

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People drive through the rubble in Pinar del Río on Tuesday. Credit: Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters

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Frederic and Mary Herodet board their restaurant, Gulf Bistro, in St. Louis on Tuesday. Pete Beach, Florida. Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

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NASA’s Artemis I rocket is stored in the Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Tuesday. The rocket launch was delayed due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Ian. Credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

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Hurricane Ian as seen from the International Space Station on Monday, September 26. Credit: NASA via AP

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Waves rise along the Batabanó coast as Hurricane Ian makes landfall in Cuba on Monday. Credit: Ramon Espinosa/AP

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A Cuban family transports their belongings to a safe place in the Fanguito neighborhood of Havana on Monday. Credit: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images

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A family brings a dog to safety in Batabanó, Cuba on Monday. Credit: Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images

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People wait to fill up their cars at a Costco store in Orlando on Monday. Credit: Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP

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Ryan Copenhaver, manager of Siesta T’s in Sarasota, Fla., installs storm panels over the store’s windows on Monday. Credit: Mike Lang/USA Today Network

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A man helps pull small boats out of the bay in Havana, Cuba, on Monday. Credit: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images

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Empty shelves in the water aisle of a supermarket in Kissimmee, Fla., Monday. Credit: Gregg Newton/AFP via Getty Images

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Cathie Perkins, director of Emergency Management in Pinellas County, Florida, points to a map Monday showing where storm surge will affect the county. During a press conference, he urged everyone living in those areas to evacuate. Credit: Martha Asencio-Rhine/Tampa Bay Times via ZUMA Press Wire

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Sarah Peterson fills sandbags at Fort Myers Beach, Florida on Saturday, September 24th. Credit: Andrew West/USA Today Network

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