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Photos show massive recovery days after Hurricane Ian hit Florida, Carolinas

People with gas cylinders search for gas at a community-run distribution center after Hurricane Ian wreaked widespread destruction in St James City, Florida, US, on Oct. 2, 2022.

Marco Bello | Reuters

Days after Hurricane Ian hit Florida and the Carolinas, residents are struggling to navigate flooded roads and neighborhoods, and federal emergency responders are conducting major search and rescue efforts amid the destruction.

The storm’s recorded death toll surpassed 80 over the weekend and is expected to rise as the water recedes and rescue teams gain access to new areas.

Insurers could also face costs of up to $57 billion from Hurricane Ian damage in Florida and South Carolina, risk modeling firm Verisk said Monday.

In Florida, which suffered from the hurricane, about 600,000 homes and businesses were without power Monday morning, down from a peak of 2.6 million on Thursday, according to PowerOutage.us. More than 1,600 people have been rescued statewide, according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will travel to Florida on Wednesday to assess hurricane damage. Last week, the president said the devastation from Hurricane Ian is likely to be some of the worst in the country’s history.

“We are just beginning to see the magnitude of that destruction,” the president said at a briefing on Friday. “It’s probably one of the worst… in the history of the country.”

Broken section of Pine Island Road and destroyed homes in Matlacha, Florida

An aerial photo taken on Oct. 1, 2022 shows a broken section of Pine Island Road and destroyed homes in the wake of Hurricane Ian in Matlacha, Florida.

Ricardo Arduengo | UKTN | Getty Images

People walk past destroyed homes and businesses in the wake of Hurricane Ian in Matlacha, Florida on Oct. 1, 2022.

Ricardo Arduengo | UKTN | Getty Images

Flooded house in North Port, Florida

A view from the area after Hurricane Ian hit Florida on September 30, 2022 in North Port, Florida, United States. The storm led to widespread power outages and flash flooding in Central Florida as it swept across the state after making landfall as a Category 4 hurricane in the Fort Myers area.

Lokman Vural Elibol | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images

A sign reads ‘loot and I shoot’ outside storm-damaged Naples, Florida home

A sign that reads “Loot and I Shoot” stands next to a storm-damaged home in the wake of Hurricane Ian on Oct. 2, 2022 in Naples, Florida.

Sean Rayford | Getty Images

Soldiers unload water from an army helicopter in Pine Island, Florida

Soldiers unload water from an army helicopter near Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Control District Station 1 after Hurricane Ian wreaked widespread destruction in Pine Island, Florida, US, on Oct. 2, 2022.

Marco Bello | Reuters

A fallen tree blocks Holt Street in Charlotte, North Carolina

A fallen tree blocks Holt Street as Hurricane Ian and its remnants arrive in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 30, 2022.

Alex Slitz | Charlotte Observer | Getty Images

Man offers help to neighbors in Orlando, Florida

A sign on Chris Barton’s lawn offers help to his neighbors whose homes were rain-flooded by Hurricane Ian on Oct. 1, 2022 in Orlando, Florida.

Paul Hennessy | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images

Collapsed Sanibel Causeway in the wake of the storm in Sanibel, Florida

An aerial photo taken on September 30, 2022 shows the collapsed Sanibel Causeway in the wake of Hurricane Ian in Sanibel, Florida.

Ricardo Arduengo | UKTN | Getty Images

Rescuers help people trapped in storm-hit areas in Florida’s North Port

People are stuck in hurricane-hit areas in North Port, Florida, waiting for rescue teams on September 30, 2022 in Florida, United States.

Lokman Vural Elibol | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images

Vehicles and Homes Submerged in Water in Orlando, Florida

Vehicles and homes submerged in water in a flooded neighborhood after Hurricane Ian in Orlando, Florida, U.S., on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Two million Florida electricity customers were without power Friday morning, according to tracking site poweroutage.us. Photographer: Brian Carlson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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