Some have required rescues, while others are hunkered down and depending on generator power as crews begin to sort through the damage.
The extent of Hurricane Ian's damage isn't fully known yet and officials say it could take days if not longer to get a full sense. But the devastation in Florida is apparent when seen from above.
The storm has landed in South Carolina after devastating southwest and central Florida. Ian brought heavy rain, high winds and flooding along South Carolina coast, causing damage in some areas.
After exiting Florida and revving up over the Atlantic Ocean, Hurricane Ian made another landfall, this time in South Carolina. The storm surge and flooding is potentially life threatening.
Hurricane Ian pulverized Fort Myers Beach in Florida. The devastation is stunning in its scale and scope. And rescue crews haven't been able to fully assess the situation.
NPR's Juana Summers talks with Amanda Bryan, who lives in the coastal city of Myrtle Beach, S.C., a little over 30 miles north of where the center of the storm passed.
After a pair of devastating hurricanes struck Puerto Rico five years apart, residents of the island have come to rely not on government agencies, but each other.
Después de que un par de huracanes azotaran a Puerto Rico con cinco años de diferencia, los residentes de la isla han llegado a depender en comunidad, no de las agencias gubernamentales.
Hurricane Ian washed away several portions of the Sanibel Causeway, a series of bridges linking the island to the rest of the state. It will require structural rebuilds, Florida's governor says.
"The flooding has been catastrophic," the police department on Pawleys Island, S.C., said around midday. As the storm arrived, the state was under 85 weather alerts.