Power outages from Hurricane Ian in Florida climb past 2 million

9/29/2022 5:39:00 AM

Power outages are impacting Florida as Hurricane Ian makes landfall.

NEW: Power outages from Hurricane Ian in Florida climb past 2 million

Power outages are impacting Florida as Hurricane Ian makes landfall.

overnight and on Wednesday, and Gov.Hurricane Ian 's destructive power as it barreled toward the eastern Gulf Coast overnight Tuesday with a potential Cat 4 force.National Hurricane Center said.The hurricane has prompted warnings of dangerous storm surge along the Gulf Coast.

Ron DeSantis said the state's southwest saw surges as high as 12 feet in some areas.The hurricane left without power late Tuesday after the storm swept through and severely flooded the island.Evacuation orders were issued, affecting some 2.By the numbers: The number of outages increased in Florida throughout the day and by about 9:30pm Wednesday ET, more than 17% of the state was without power, according to , which aggregates live power outage data from across the U.Ron DeSantis aid over 42,000 linemen are ready to restore power in 30 different areas across the state, but warned Floridians that the storm will make it difficult to restore power.S."If you are in an evacuation zone particularly in those southwest Florida counties, your time to evacuate is coming to an end.More than 98% of Charlotte County was without power.Parts of Georgia and South Caroline could also see flooding rains and coastal surge into the weekend.

Collier County, which includes Naples, had the largest amount of residents experiencing an outage: — about 80% of some 262,000 power customers." There is also concern about the hurricane spawning tornadoes.In Sarasota County, about 88% of customers were experiencing outages and in Manatee some 69% had no electric.Lee County had more than 94% of the nearly 472,000 customers tracked without power.They will happen overnight tonight and will occur during heavy rain.Of note: Of those without power, almost 53% were Florida Power & Light customers.What's next: DeSantis said 30,000 lineworkers, including many from other states, were staged and ready for power restoration efforts across Florida.Late Tuesday night, video from the North Perry Airport in Hollywood, Florida near Fort Lauderdale shows more than 15 planes damaged by suspected tornado.Posted by Julia Musto Share Hurricane Ian disrupts major cruise line itineraries The Royal Caribbean's cruise ship, Freedom of the Seas, uses the turn basin as it prepares to dock at PortMiami on May 6, 2022, in Miami.

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