Hurricane Ian slammed into southwest Florida on Wednesday, leaving a trail of death and destruction across the state before bearing down on the Carolinas this weekend.

Jan’s 150 mph winds and 12-foot storm surge leveled parts of Fort Myers and the surrounding area. It will be days before authorities know the cost of lives and property — insurance claims in Florida could approach $50 billion.

Buoyed by water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico two degrees above average, Ian has become what the National Hurricane Center calls a “rapidly intensifying storm.”

Hurricanes are not more frequent today, but more often than not they are stronger. And hurricane season is still far away.