Hurricane Ian left roadways flooded, destroyed signs on local businesses and washed away sand from the beaches in Indian River County. The storm – which made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane Wednesday on Florida’s southwestern coast – steadily weakened late Wednesday and early Thursday when it slowly trekked across the central and eastern parts of the state.
Ian was downgraded to a tropical storm about 5 a.m. Thursday, meteorologists said. But, the storm regained hurricane strength in the afternoon as it re-entered the water, swirled over the Atlantic Ocean and headed north toward the Carolinas.
Here are some pictures that show Ian’s impact in Indian River County:
Photos by Joshua Kodis