A path of destruction: Photos show Hurricane Ian's damage in Cuba, Florida, Carolinas




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  • 2022-10-01 15:40:39Z
  • By USA TODAY

Hurricane Ian swept through the Atlantic and southeast U.S. coast this week, leaving a path of catastrophic damage in Cuba, Florida and the Carolinas.

Ian has left dozens dead, torn apart homes, caused life-threatening flooding and triggered widespread blackouts.

On Friday, President Joe Biden said that Hurricane Ian is "likely to rank among the worst in the nation's history," and noted Florida will take "months - years - to rebuild."

Ian, now a post-tropical cyclone, headed north into North Carolina Saturday, with heavy rain expected for the central Appalachians and mid-Atlantic. By Saturday night, the storm is set to weaken and dissipate over south-central Virginia - but severe weather conditions could continue until then.

Live updates: About 1.7 million remain without power in Ian's path; storm treks through North Carolina 

Here are some photos of Ian's destruction in Cuba, Florida and the Carolinas.

Cuba

Hurricane Ian battered western Cuba early Tuesday as a Category 3 storm - triggering a collapse of the entire country's already-fragile power grid, life-threatening flooding and high winds that damaged houses and toppled trees. Three people died. The full extent of the storm's destruction is still unknown.

Crews worked to restore power to much of the island in the day following the storm's landfall. But there are still areas in the dark and/or without internet service, prompting hundreds to protest on Thursday and Friday.

'Apocalyptic' photos: Cuba plunged into darkness after Hurricane Ian triggers outage 

September 27, 2022: People walked through a flooded street in Batabano, Cuba, during the passage of Hurricane Ian.
September 27, 2022: People walked through a flooded street in Batabano, Cuba, during the passage of Hurricane Ian.  
A woman points to damage in her roof, above the second story, caused by Hurricane Ian in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, Tuesday, Sept.
A woman points to damage in her roof, above the second story, caused by Hurricane Ian in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, Tuesday, Sept.  
People play dominoes by flashlight during a blackout in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Sept.
People play dominoes by flashlight during a blackout in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Sept.  
People protest, asking for the restoration of electrical service after four days of blackout due to the devastation of Hurricane Ian in Bacuranao, Cuba, Friday, Sept.
People protest, asking for the restoration of electrical service after four days of blackout due to the devastation of Hurricane Ian in Bacuranao, Cuba, Friday, Sept.  

Florida

On Wednesday, Hurricane Ian slammed into Florida, hitting the state's southwestern coast as one of the move powerful storm's in U.S. history. The Category 4 hurricane made landfall at 150 mph - just 7 mph below Category 5 status.

Ian slowed as it moved inland - but left immense destruction across the state. The storm caused flooding areas on both of Florida's coasts, tearing homes from their slabs, demolishing beachfront businesses and leaving 2 million without power. At least 27 people died.

As of Saturday, 1.2 million Floridians remained without power. Officials are assessing the damage and continuing search and rescue efforts.

'It's a nightmare, but we're alive': After Hurricane Ian, Fort Myers residents mourn low-lying neighborhoods 

How to help: Here's how you can help those affected by Hurricane Ian in Florida 

Times Square, an iconic feature of Fort Myers Beach, is devastated after Hurricane Ian on Friday, Sept.
Times Square, an iconic feature of Fort Myers Beach, is devastated after Hurricane Ian on Friday, Sept.  
A neighborhood in Englewood, Florida, was still flooded two days after Hurricane Ian ripped through the community.
A neighborhood in Englewood, Florida, was still flooded two days after Hurricane Ian ripped through the community.  
Homes east of North Port, Fla.
Homes east of North Port, Fla.  

Carolinas, other East Coast states

Ian was downgraded to a tropical storm early Thursday but continued to wreak havoc and it moved north toward South Carolina, Georgia and more states on the East Coast.

The storm soon strengthened again. On Friday, Ian hammered the coast of South Carolina as it made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane, and then moved into North Carolina as a post-tropical cyclone.

Friday: South Carolina braces for Hurricane Ian as it returns to land as a Category 1 storm 

No deaths have been confirmed in these states yet, but the storm has caused flooding, destruction and power outages. As of Saturday, hundreds of thousands of customers were left without power across the Carolinas and into Virginia.

Heavy waves come ashore near the Oak Island Beach Pier Friday Sept.
Heavy waves come ashore near the Oak Island Beach Pier Friday Sept.  
A firefighter examines a large tree across a road as the effects from Hurricane Ian are felt, Friday, Sept.
A firefighter examines a large tree across a road as the effects from Hurricane Ian are felt, Friday, Sept.  
A police vehicle drives down a flooded street as rain from Hurricane Ian drenches the city on Sept.
A police vehicle drives down a flooded street as rain from Hurricane Ian drenches the city on Sept.  
Extra high tides cover some of the road ways off Ocean Blvd W.
Extra high tides cover some of the road ways off Ocean Blvd W.  

Contributing: Christine Fernando, John Bacon, Ashley R. Williams, USA TODAY. The Associated Press.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Hurricane Ian photos: Devastating damage in Cuba, Florida, Carolinas

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