Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida last Wednesday. At that time, the hurricane was a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of nearly 150 mph. The powerful storm is gone now, but the destruction left behind will take months, if not longer, to clean up.

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People from all over the country, including six employees from Rochester Public Utilities, are making the trek to Florida to help out. Keep reading to learn about easy ways that you can help the victims.

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Popular Vacation Destination For Minnesotans Destroyed By Hurricane Ian

One very popular vacation destination for Minnesotans was hit very hard. The images below are absolutely heartbreaking.

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Fort Myers is where the Minnesota Twins hold their spring training each year. It's also a very affordable destination for anyone looking to escape the winter weather and soak up the sun on the beach.

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I've taken my family to Fort Myers Beach several times and my heart sunk when I saw the image above. If you've never been that is "Times Square."

This is the central tourist area on Fort Myers Beach. We would eat, drink, listen to live music, people watch, enjoy ice cream, and shop in this area.

Up until last week the area looked like this:

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It's now completely devastated.

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There are several easy ways for you to help these people through this difficult time. You can give blood, give money, or volunteer your time. The American Red Cross Hurricane Ian Relief site is the best way to assist.

11 of the Most Devastating Weather Disasters in Minnesota Throughout The Years

We might be full of lakes and "nice" but Minnesota has had its fair share of horrible and nasty weather. Throughout the years we've had floods, fires, storms that have crushed stadium roofs flat, and tornadoes that have destroyed lives.

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