When Hurricane Ian hit Florida on September 28, its winds were so strong that the storm was barely considered a Category 5 hurricane.
Power lines around the state didn’t stand a chance.
According to poweroutage.us, more than 660,000 customers lost power by 2:30 p.m. ET. As of 10 p.m. ET, more than 2 million had no power; after 5 a.m. on September 29, that number rose to more than 2.5 million. As of 10 p.m. ET, more than 2 million had no power; after 5 a.m. on September 29, that number rose to more than 2.5 million.
Southwest Florida is currently the hardest hit, with areas along the state’s east coast also losing power.
Florida Power & Light warned of outages before the storm hit. On September 29, Gov. Ron DeSantis said there were more than 42,000 linemen ready to restore power when conditions are safe. Florida Power & Light said it has already restored power to more than 500,000 people.
However, the company “anticipates that some customers will face extended outages as parts of Southwest Florida’s electrical system will need to be rebuilt rather than repaired.”
According to the National Weather Service, after the eye of the storm makes landfall, it will take Ian about 24 hours to cross the state.
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