Photos: Hurricane Ian slams into Florida with 150-mph winds

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Photos: Hurricane Ian slams into Florida with 150-mph winds

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — 

Hurricane Ian made landfall in southwest Florida on Wednesday as a catastrophic Category 4 storm.

About 2.5 million people were ordered to evacuate the region before the storm hit the coast near Cayo Costa with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph. It was heading inland, where it was expected to weaken, at about 9 mph, but residents in central Florida could still experience hurricane-force winds.

Before making its way through the Gulf of Mexico to Florida, Hurricane Ian tore into western Cuba on Tuesday, killing two people and bringing down the country’s electrical grid.

Brenda Brennan sits next to a boat that pushed against her apartment when Hurricane Ian passed through Fort Myers.

Boats are pushed up on a causeway after Hurricane Ian passed through Fort Myers, Florida.

(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

=Stedi Scuderi looks over her apartment after flood water inundated it when Hurricane Ian passed through Fort Myers, Florida

=Stedi Scuderi looks over her apartment after flood water inundated it when Hurricane Ian passed through Fort Myers, Florida.

(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A stoplight pole blown down by Hurricane Ian winds, rests on Orange Avenue in Downtown Orlando, Fla.

A stoplight pole blown down by Hurricane Ian winds, rests on Orange Avenue in Downtown Orlando, Fla.

(Willie J. Allen Jr. / Orlando Sentinel )

People walk in the receding waters of Tampa Bay due to the low tide from Hurricane Ian in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday.

People walk in the receding waters of Tampa Bay due to the low tide from Hurricane Ian in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday.

(Willie J. Allen Jr. / Orlando Sentinel)

People wearing rain gear walk along a street in Orlando, Fla., amid Hurricane Ian.

People brace winds and rain while walking along International Drive in Orlando, Fla., as the effects of Hurricane Ian are felt in central Florida on Wednesday.

(Joe Burbank / Orlando Sentinel)

Firefighters look out at firetruck submerged in flood waters from Hurricane Ian.

Firefighters in Naples, Fla., look at a firetruck submerged in flood waters driven by Hurricane Ian on Wednesday.

(Naples Fire-Rescue Department)

An overturned airplane in Hurricane Ian's aftermath

An airplane overturned by a possible tornado produced by the outer bands of Hurricane Ian at North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines on Florida’s Atlantic coast, more than 100 miles from the hurricane’s eye.

(Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press)

Cars damaged from an apparent overnight tornado in Delray Beach, Fla.

Cars damaged from an apparent overnight tornado spawned from Hurricane Ian in Delray Beach, Fla.

(Carline Jean/South Florida Sun-Sentinel )

A boat sways in shallow water as Hurricane Ian approaches a neighborhood in St. Petersburg, Fla.

A boat sways in shallow water as Hurricane Ian approaches the Coquina Key neighborhood of St. Petersburg, Fla., on Wednesday.

(Tristan Wheelock / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

A man and a woman walk through the parking lot of a condominium complex damaged by an apparent tornado

Maria Esturilho is escorted by her son Tony Esturilho as they leave behind the damage from an apparent overnight tornado spawned by Hurricane Ian at the Kings Point seniors community in Delray Beach, Fla., on Wednesday.

(Carline Jean /South Florida Sun-Sentinel )

An emergency vehicle is the only automobile on a causeway as whitecaps churn below

An emergency vehicle travels on the otherwise deserted Sunshine Skyway over Tampa Bay on Wednesday.

(Florida Department of Transportation / Associated Press)

A resident looks out her window as a worker boards up a broken window from an apparent overnight tornado

A resident of the Kings Point senior community in Delray Beach, Fla., looks out her window as a man boards up an adjacent window broken by an apparent overnight tornado spawned by Hurricane Ian.

(Carline Jean / South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

A tree branch broken by strong winds from Hurricane Ian  in Sarasota, Fla.

A tree branch broken by the strong winds from Hurricane Ian in Sarasota, Fla.

(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Utility trucks are staged in a rural lot in The Villages of Sumter County, Fla.

Utility company trucks are staged at The Villages in Sumter County, Fla., waiting for the storm to pass so crews can fan out to begin restoring services.

(Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel)

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