As residents geared up for Hurricane Ian more than two million were without power across Florida with a deadly  storm surge of up to 18 feet. Georgia and even the Carolinas may also have to buckle down for Hurricane Ian, which has been estimated to be 140 miles wide (about 225 km).

Now downgraded from category 4 to category 1, it has moved northeast with floods sweeping those in its path. IMAGO’s partners on the ground have braved the storm to give us a taste.

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IMAGO / Zuma Wire | Plant City, Florida. Residents evacuate for Hurricane Ian. 27 September, 2022.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire | Venice, Florida. 28 September, 2022.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire | Plant City, Florida. Residents evacuate for Hurricane Ian. 27 September, 2022.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire | Delray, Florida. 28 September, 2022.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire | Residents evacuate Plant City, Florida to a pet-friendly shelter. 27 September, 2022.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire | Tampa Bay, Florida. Hurricane Ian, reverse storm surge over Hillsborough Bay. 28 September, 2022.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire | Tampa, Florida. 28 September, 2022.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire | St. Petersburg Nursing and Rehabilitation Center which is evacuating residents to their sister facility in Lakeland in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Ian. 26 September, 2022.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire | Gulfport, Florida. 26 September, 2022.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire | Orlando, Florida. 28 September, 2022.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire | Fort Myers Beach, Florida. 28 September, 2022.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire | Tampa, Florida. 26 September, 2022.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire | Safety Harbor, Florida. 27 September, 2022.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire | St. Petersberg, Florida. 28 September, 2022.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire | Hurricane Ian from the International Space Station, satellite image. 28 September, 2022.