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Some flights remained canceled to and from Florida, however most had been on time because the state step by step recovers from the aftermath.

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. — As Hurricane Ian made landfall within the Carolinas on Friday, residents of Florida are left with extreme devastation from being hit earlier this week, with some communities worse than others.

Many are targeted on cleansing up the aftermath.

“I did Hurricane Matthew so I sort of know what to anticipate however this was sort of a shocker,” stated Courtney Kahler of Clermont, Florida. 

Kahler landed in Connecticut simply days earlier than Hurricane Ian ripped via Florida. She got here to the Nutmeg State for work, a visit that was deliberate earlier than Hurricane Ian was even talked about. 

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Kahler confirmed pictures of the injury on the building firm her husband works for. She stated wanting on the pictures made her desirous to fly again to Orlando on Friday. 

“You’re protected in order that’s factor however as a Floridian, you need to be there to assist folks round you, to assist shield your property or animals, so it was sort of bittersweet,” added Kahler. 

Linda Gieseking, one other Florida resident was flying again to Tampa. 

She counted her blessings realizing she will be able to go house to a roof over her head. 

“My home had some limbs down. I’ve associates who boarded it up they usually stayed there so I used to be very fortunate,” stated Gieseking of Tarpon Springs, Florida. 

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Nevertheless, not everybody in Florida is as fortunate. Some in Fort Myers and Naples misplaced every thing. 

FOX61 spoke to TJ Snopkowski on the cellphone – he’s a Torrington native who at the moment lives in Naples. 

“We misplaced energy tremendous early. We misplaced energy 7:30 within the morning on Wednesday so even earlier than the invoice of the storm got here, simply due to the in a single day winds, we misplaced energy actually early,” stated Snopkowski. 

Snopkowski captured cellular phone movies outdoors of his apartment in Naples when the hurricane began exhibiting signs and when it left. 

Snopkowski stated he and his fiancé traveled a half hour to Bonita Springs the place a rental property was initially submerged in water. 

“One of many bridges to get to a part of Bonita Springs, one of many bridges had a ship on it. Like an precise yacht, like a 40-foot yacht on this bridge; we couldn’t recover from it,” added Snopkowski. 

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Kahler stated the consequences of this hurricane left a style of heartbreak and loss in everybody. 

‘They’re from all around the nation coming to Florida so it’s not simply Florida’s tragedy, it’s everybody’s tragedy,” added Kahler. 

Lots of Florida’s airports reopened Friday morning and afternoon. Nevertheless, if vacationers are headed to the Carolinas, they need to verify their flight standing for the reason that hurricane has made landfall there. 

Carmen Chau is an anchor and reporter at FOX61 Information. She might be reached at cchau@fox61.com. Observe her on Fb and Twitter.

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