Photos show Hurricane Ian's catastrophic damage

Ian, which made landfall in the United States as a hurricane twice, left many areas unrecognizable after it unleashed catastrophic flooding, powerful winds and a damaging storm surge in Florida and the Carolinas. As search and rescue efforts continue, the storm's death toll is rising, and communities are reeling from the devastation.

On Wednesday, Ian made landfall in southwestern Florida as a Category 4 hurricane. After racing across the peninsula and going out into the Atlantic Ocean, the storm made a second landfall — this time as a Category 1 hurricane — in South Carolina on Friday.

At least 28 people died due to the storm, and many more were left without a home. New photos show the extensive damage from what could be one of the strongest storms to have ever hit the U.S.:

Holly Ciaglia looks for her and her partner Evan Mackay's personal belongings on the ground at the Red Coconut RV Park in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Two days earlier, their mobile home was destroyed during Hurricane Ian. / Credit: Rebecca Blackwell / AP
Holly Ciaglia looks for her and her partner Evan Mackay's personal belongings on the ground at the Red Coconut RV Park in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Two days earlier, their mobile home was destroyed during Hurricane Ian. / Credit: Rebecca Blackwell / AP
A view of damage after of Hurricane Ian brought wind and heavy rain causing power outages and downing trees in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Oct. 1, 2022 / Credit: Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
A view of damage after of Hurricane Ian brought wind and heavy rain causing power outages and downing trees in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Oct. 1, 2022 / Credit: Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
University of Central Florida students try to get into their apartment near the campus, which was totally flooded by rain from Hurricane Ian, on Sept. 30, 2022, in Orlando, Florida. / Credit: John Raoux / AP
University of Central Florida students try to get into their apartment near the campus, which was totally flooded by rain from Hurricane Ian, on Sept. 30, 2022, in Orlando, Florida. / Credit: John Raoux / AP
A car drives through high water caused by Hurricane Ian, on Sept. 30, 2022, in Charleston, South Carolina. / Credit: Alex Brandon / AP
A car drives through high water caused by Hurricane Ian, on Sept. 30, 2022, in Charleston, South Carolina. / Credit: Alex Brandon / AP
A Sanibel Island resident hands off her dog to rescuers from Project DYNAMO after she was rescued and transported to Fort Myers on Sept. 30, 2022. / Credit: Steve Helber / AP
A Sanibel Island resident hands off her dog to rescuers from Project DYNAMO after she was rescued and transported to Fort Myers on Sept. 30, 2022. / Credit: Steve Helber / AP
An unidentified volunteer and Ken Diesel, right, help cook food for people in need in Fort Myers, Florida, on Sept. 30, 2022. / Credit: Getty Images
An unidentified volunteer and Ken Diesel, right, help cook food for people in need in Fort Myers, Florida, on Sept. 30, 2022. / Credit: Getty Images
A motorist drives though high water in Charleston, South Carolina, as another turns around, on Sept. 30, 2022. / Credit: Alex Brandon / AP
A motorist drives though high water in Charleston, South Carolina, as another turns around, on Sept. 30, 2022. / Credit: Alex Brandon / AP
University of Central Florida students evacuate after an apartment complex near the campus, which experienced heavy flooding, on Sept. 30, 2022. / Credit: John Raoux / AP
University of Central Florida students evacuate after an apartment complex near the campus, which experienced heavy flooding, on Sept. 30, 2022. / Credit: John Raoux / AP
A view of high waters in North Port, Florida, on Sept. 30, 2022. / Credit: Lokman Vural Elibol/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
A view of high waters in North Port, Florida, on Sept. 30, 2022. / Credit: Lokman Vural Elibol/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Debris is seen on Sanibel Island, Florida, on Sept. 30, 2022. / Credit: Steve Helber / AP
Debris is seen on Sanibel Island, Florida, on Sept. 30, 2022. / Credit: Steve Helber / AP
In this aerial photo made in a flight provided by mediccorps.org, damage from Hurricane Ian is seen on Estero Island in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, on Sept. 30, 2022. / Credit: Gerald Herbert / AP
In this aerial photo made in a flight provided by mediccorps.org, damage from Hurricane Ian is seen on Estero Island in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, on Sept. 30, 2022. / Credit: Gerald Herbert / AP
A damaged causeway to Florida's Sanibel Island is seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022. / Credit: Wilfredo Lee / AP
A damaged causeway to Florida's Sanibel Island is seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022. / Credit: Wilfredo Lee / AP
Destruction left by Hurricane Ian in Pine Island and Matlacha, Florida.
Destruction left by Hurricane Ian in Pine Island and Matlacha, Florida.
Destruction left by Hurricane Ian in Pine Island and Matlacha, Florida, on Sept. 30, 2022. / Credit: Lee County Sheriff's Office
Destruction left by Hurricane Ian in Pine Island and Matlacha, Florida, on Sept. 30, 2022. / Credit: Lee County Sheriff's Office
A damaged restaurant on the island of Matlacha, Florida, with debris scattered across the outside on Sept. 30, 2022. / Credit: Lee County Sheriff's Office
A damaged restaurant on the island of Matlacha, Florida, with debris scattered across the outside on Sept. 30, 2022. / Credit: Lee County Sheriff's Office

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