Aerial drone video shows scars left on Florida beach six months after Hurricane Ian

FORT MEYERS, Fla. – The Category 4 storm Hurricane Ian hit Southwest Florida on Sept. 28, 2022, leaving behind catastrophic damage and killing more than 160 people.

The Fort Myers News-Press, a member of the USA TODAY Network, has provided special coverage for the six-month milestone.

For a different perspective, News-Press visual journalist Ric Rolón recently piloted a drone that flew high above the beach and captured what things look like.

While area officials and residents continue to make strides towards a full recovery, the view remains one of a location that was pounded unmercifully by Hurricane Ian's storm surge and winds.

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This article originally appeared on Fort Myers News-Press: Fort Myers Beach drone video: Hurricane Ian damage still visible