One of the strongest storms to hit the United States in recent memory, Hurricane Ian, has devastated Florida after slamming through the Caribbean.
Ian has now been downgraded to a tropical storm but people are being warned to continue to take shelter as strong winds and heavy rains move across the state towards Georgia.
As it entered the Gulf of Mexico, the storm intensified to a Category 4 hurricane with winds of up to 241 km/h (150 mph) and storm surges, or increasing sea levels, which inundated coastal cities and left thousands of people without electricity.
As the storm moves closer to the north-east coast, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) has issued more life-threatening surge warnings.
Fort Myers Beach councilman Dan Allers estimated the ocean surge at 12 to 14 feet (3.7-4.3m).
It was an extremely difficult scene to behold, he told the BBC, to watch people’s possessions, homes, and other things drift by. “To say it’s disaster would be a tremendous understatement,” he said.
Firefighters in Naples had to wade into chest-high water to save individuals, including one woman who was stuck in her car.
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