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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.

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

(Carline Jean/South Florida Sun-Sentinel )

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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