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As Hurricane Ian moves on, photos capture the full extent of the damage in Florida

At least 21 people in Florida are dead after Hurricane Ian and nearly 2 million remain without power as the state takes stock of the damage caused by the powerful storm.

Kevin Guthrie, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, warned on Friday that most storm-related deaths have yet to be confirmed. The death toll will no doubt also fluctuate as search and rescue efforts continue.

More than 1,000 rescue workers have been dispatched to the Florida coast, with more than 700 rescue operations conducted to date.

Guthrie said Coast Guard rescuers are encountering numerous flooded properties, including houses where “the water was above the roof”.

At one such house, “we had a Coast Guard lifeguard swim in and he could tell they were human remains,” he said.

With property damage estimated at up to $47 billion, Hurricane Ian could be the costliest storm since Hurricane Andrew destroyed and damaged more than 150,000 homes in the state in 1992.

The storm, now a Category 1 hurricane, is expected to turn north and make landfall in South Carolina on Friday.

Both North and South Carolina brace for coastal rainfall of 8 to 12 inches, with some local extremes of up to 18 inches possible in some areas. Wind gusts are expected to peak at around 100mph by Friday.

Check out the latest photos below.

An aerial view of damaged properties in Fort Myers on September 30th.
An aerial view of damaged properties in Fort Myers on September 30th.

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Whitney Hall waves to a friend from what is left of his home while waving the American flag amid debris left behind on the island of Matlacha after Hurricane Ian September 30.
Whitney Hall waves to a friend from what is left of his home while waving the American flag amid debris left behind on the island of Matlacha after Hurricane Ian September 30.

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A swimming pool lies among the debris left behind on Matlacha Island after Hurricane Ian September 30.
A swimming pool lies among the debris left behind on Matlacha Island after Hurricane Ian September 30.

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The wreckage of a car sways on a buckled roadway after Hurricane Ian September 30 in Matlacha.
The wreckage of a car sways on a buckled roadway after Hurricane Ian September 30 in Matlacha.

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In this aerial view, vehicles queue to buy gas in Port Charlotte, Fla., following Hurricane Ian on September 30.
In this aerial view, vehicles queue to buy gas in Port Charlotte, Fla., following Hurricane Ian on September 30.

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Vehicles drive through standing water in Port Charlotte on September 30.
Vehicles drive through standing water in Port Charlotte on September 30.

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A family gathers in a flooded parking lot in New Smyrna Beach, Florida on September 30.
A family gathers in a flooded parking lot in New Smyrna Beach, Florida on September 30.

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A man stands outside his home in flood waters on September 30, 2022 in Kissimmee, Florida.
A man stands outside his home in flood waters on September 30, 2022 in Kissimmee, Florida.

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A wall of this apartment was torn down when Hurricane Ian passed Fort Myers.
A wall of this apartment was torn down when Hurricane Ian passed Fort Myers.

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An American flag lies partially submerged in the flooded front yard of a home in New Smyrna Beach on September 30.
An American flag lies partially submerged in the flooded front yard of a home in New Smyrna Beach on September 30.

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Vehicles float in water September 29 after Hurricane Ian passed Bonita Springs, Florida.
Vehicles float in water September 29 after Hurricane Ian passed Bonita Springs, Florida.

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People walk down a storm-ravaged street in Fort Myers Beach on September 29.
People walk down a storm-ravaged street in Fort Myers Beach on September 29.

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A woman stands in a destroyed building in Fort Myers Beach on September 29.
A woman stands in a destroyed building in Fort Myers Beach on September 29.

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A large boat crushes a vehicle in Fort Myers Beach on September 29, 2022.
A large boat crushes a vehicle in Fort Myers Beach on September 29, 2022.

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