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Residents inspect damage to a marina in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, Florida, on Sept. 29.

Residents inspect damage to a marina in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, Florida, on Sept. 29.

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Ian Photos: Flooded Homes, Washed-Out Roads, Broken Power Poles

As Hurricane Ian moves up the US East Coast, Florida is starting to assess the storm’s damage.

As Hurricane Ian pushes up the US East Coast, the first glimpses of the storm’s catastrophic strike on southwestern Florida are starting to come into view. A row of beachfront houses destroyed. An apartment floor covered in water and dirt. A utility pole snapped in half. A washed-out highway. Boats littering the sidewalk.

Officials warn that it will take days, if not longer, to assess the full magnitude of damage left behind. That's especially true in places inland with heavy rainfall, where water is less likely to quickly recede, making them difficult to reach. Even a preliminary scan of impacts along the coast, which experienced the brunt of Ian’s storm surge and Category 4 winds, reveals the storm to be a climate disaster.