NAPLES, Fla. — Hurricane Ian made landfall Wednesday in southwest Florida as one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the U.S., swamping city streets with water and smashing trees along the coast.
The hurricane's center struck Wednesday afternoon near Cayo Costa, a protected barrier island just west of heavily populated Fort Myers. The massive storm was expected to trigger flooding across a wide area of Florida as it crawls northeastward across the peninsula.
CBS News crews were inside a Fort Myers hotel as warning sirens went off. Video shows the wind threatening to blow out the front doors and windows while employees tried to hold them closed.
Video from Naples, Florida shows a downed power line burst into flames as Hurricane Ian barreled toward the state's west coast.
The effects of Hurricane Ian hit the Florida Keys first on Tuesday, flooding streets in Key West.
Hurricane Hunter plane
Inside another Hurricane Hunter with Chita Craft, Ivan Gibson
Our KHOU 11 Meteorologist and photojournalist were aboard a hurricane hunter as it flew into the eye of Hurricane Ivan, which was just 2 mph shy of a Cat 5.