People trapped, 2.5M without power as Ian drenches Florida

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Curious sightseers walk in the receding waters of Tampa Bay due to the low tide and tremendous winds from Hurricane Ian in Tampa Tampa, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Willie J. Allen Jr./Orlando Sentinel via AP)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Ian has left a path of destruction in southwest Florida, trapping people in flooded homes, damaging the roof of a hospital intensive care unit and knocking out power to 2.5 million people.

Hurricane Ian has left a path of destruction in southwest Florida, trapping people in flooded homes,

It’s now aiming for the Atlantic Coast as a tropical storm.

Ian is one of the strongest hurricanes to hit the U.S.

One of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit the U.S. is drenching the Florida peninsula overnight, threatening catastrophic flooding. In Port Charlotte, the storm surge flooded a lower-level emergency room even as winds tore off part of the roof of its intensive care unit.

People trappedIan drenches Florida

Staff and patients, some on ventilators, crowded into the middle floors of the four-story hospital.