Before and after images show damage caused by Hurricane Ian on southwestern coast of Florida

Photos from NOAA show homes leveled, yachts toppled

Legacy Harbour Marina in Fort Myers before and after Hurricane Ian. (Google Maps/NOAA)

In the days following the landfall of Hurricane Ian, people on the southwestern coast of Florida are surveying the damage and processing the start of a long road to recovery.

The Category 4 hurricane knocked out power to millions of Floridians, washed out bridges, flooded roadways and leveled several homes. Hurricane Ian is already considered one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the U.S.

We’re now seeing the grand scope of damage through aerial imagery provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA. See the before and after images below.

NOAA said it started to collect the images on Thursday in specific areas.

“Aerial imagery is a crucial tool to determine the extent of the damage inflicted by flooding, and to compare baseline coastal areas to assess the damage to major ports and waterways, coastlines, critical infrastructure, and coastal communities,” NOAA states. “This imagery provides a cost-effective way to better understand the damage sustained to both property and the environment.”

Watch below: Aerial view over Naples after Ian passed

Various, aerials over Naples, Florida area after Hurricane Ian passed

As of Monday, people who live on barrier islands were still stranded with limited cellphone service, food, water and electricity, according to the Associated Press.

The AP reported that more than 1,600 people have been rescued across Florida, and at least 61 people have been confirmed dead in the state. The storm also resulted in the deaths of four in North Carolina and three in Cuba.

Authorities have said the death toll is expected to rise.

Photos: Before and after images of the southwestern coast of Florida following Hurricane Ian’s damage

The Fort Myers Fishing Pier before Hurrican Ian. (Google Maps)
The Fort Myers Fishing Pier after Hurrican Ian. (Google Maps)
Sanibel Causeway in Southwest Florida before Hurricane Ian. (Google Maps)
Sanibel Causeway in Southwest Florida after Hurricane Ian. (NOAA)
Legacy Harbour Marina in Fort Myers before Hurricane Ian. (Google Maps)
Legacy Harbour Marina in Fort Myers after Hurricane Ian. (NOAA)
A neighborhood in Fort Myers Beach before Hurricane Ian. (Google Maps)
A neighborhood in Fort Myers Beach after Hurricane Ian. (NOAA)
A neighborhood in Fort Myers Beach before Hurricane Ian. (Google Maps)
A neighborhood in Fort Myers Beach after Hurricane Ian. (NOAA)
A neighborhood in Sanibel before Hurricane Ian. (Google Maps)
A neighborhood in Sanibel after Hurricane Ian. (NOAA)

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