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Hurricane Ian devastated southwest Florida, causing massive flooding, destroying thousands of homes and leaving an estimated two million people without power.

The storm is one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit the United States, with sustained winds near 150 mph, according to the US National Hurricane Center.

Before and after images of the affected areas show the extent of the destruction.

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1. Estero Island

These screenshots are from video filmed facing northwest on the main road of Estero Island, a resort area just south of the town of Fort Myers.

A huge storm surge caused massive flooding in southwest Florida, including at this beachfront location on Estero Island.  Pic: loniarchitects via Instagram
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A huge storm surge caused massive flooding in southwest Florida, including at this beachfront location on Estero Island. Photo: loniaarchitects via Instagram
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The image on the left was shared on Instagram just as the storm started to hit. In this one, there is flooding in the road but the swimming pool and the parking lot remain intact.

But on the plan on the right, posted two hours later, the swimming pool and parking lot are completely submerged. The cars also seem to be floating in the deluge.

In the image on the left, the parking lot is clear but is completely submerged in the shared image just two hours later.  Photo: loniaarchitects via Instagram
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In the image on the left, the parking lot is clear but is completely submerged in the shared image just two hours later. Photo: loniaarchitects via Instagram

A second comparison shows more clearly the extent of the flooding in the nearby parking lot.

2. Sanibel Island

This time-lapse footage shows a similar scene on Sanibel Island, a few miles to the west.

He was captured early afternoon yesterday by a traffic camera on the island’s Periwinkle Way. Within 30 minutes, the street was engulfed by rising floodwaters, despite being nearly a mile inland.

3. Naples Pier

The coastal city of Naples, located about 40 miles to the south, was also badly affected.

This webcam captured the scene at the beach near the Naples pier after the hurricane hit.

Drag the marker over the image below to see what the beach looked like yesterday compared to three days ago.

4. Naples Fire and Rescue Headquarters

The image on the left, taken from a video shared by Naples firefighters, shows the situation in the city itself.

High flood waters can be seen outside this Naples City Fire Department building.  Photo: Naples Fire Department
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High flood waters can be seen outside this Naples City Fire Department building. Photo: Naples Fire Department

The bushes just outside the building are almost completely submerged in several feet of water.

In another screenshot, we can see that the red water pipes to the left of the vehicle entrance are also under water.

The area outside the fire department building is under several feet of water.  Photo: Naples Fire Department
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The area outside the fire department building is under several feet of water. Photo: Naples Fire Department

5. Park Shore Drive, Naples

Another video captured by Naples Fire and Rescue shows the rescue of a driver trapped inside his car due to rising flood waters.

The whole road is completely flooded, trapping a driver inside his car.  Photo: Naples Fire Department
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The whole road is completely flooded, trapping a driver inside his car. Photo: Naples Fire Department

The photo on the right, taken from Google Maps images captured in June, shows the extent of the storm surge.

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