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 150mph. It was moving inland, where a moderation of about 9 miles per hour was expected, but central Florida residents could still experience hurricane-force winds.

Before Hurricane Ian made its way through the Gulf of Mexico to Florida, Hurricane Ian swept across western Cuba on Tuesday, killing two people and disrupting the country’s power grid.

Cars damaged by an apparent overnight tornado in Delray Beach, Florida.

Cars damaged by an apparent overnight tornado emanating from Hurricane Ian in Delray Beach, Florida.

(Carline Jean/South Florida Sun Sentinel)

A man and woman walk through the parking lot of a condominium that appears to have been damaged by a tornado

Maria Esturilho is accompanied by her son Tony Esturilho as they leave the damage of an apparent overnight tornado caused by Hurricane Ian in the Kings Point senior citizen community in Delray Beach, Fla. on Wednesday.

(Carline Jean / South Florida Sun Sentinel)

An emergency vehicle is the only car on an embankment as whitecaps swirl beneath

An emergency vehicle drives down 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 citizens’ community in Delray Beach, Fla., looks out her window as a man boards up an adjacent window that was destroyed by an apparent overnight tornado spawned by Hurricane Ian.

(Carline Jean / South Florida Sun Sentinel)

A tree branch broken by high winds from Hurricane Ian in Sarasota, Florida.

A tree branch snapped by the strong winds from Hurricane Ian in Sarasota, Florida.

(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Commercial vehicles are parked on a rural property in The Villages of Sumter County, Florida.

Utility trucks are deployed to 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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