Electricity restored to 80% of Florida

Toni Koraza

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Millions were left in the dark as Hurricane Ian ripped through Florida.

Ian is already one of the most devastating hurricanes in the history of the United States, even though its full aftermath is still unknown. Many still work to regain electricity and other basic necessities.

Let's look at the numbers

Since the events of last week took place, electricity was restored to 1.8 million accounts. However, more than 590,000 Florida homes and businesses don't have power at the time of writing.

Florida Power & Light has restored service to almost 80% of its customers, meaning that 730,000 homes and businesses can access the power grid once again. On the other hand, 459,000 FPL customers are still without electricity.

Most of the 841,664 remaining outages, or 7% of the state, are experienced by residents in Southwest Florida, where Ian caused the most substantial damage. Inland and east coast counties are also experiencing Ian's aftermath and life without electricity.

With 309,703 accounts without power, or 66% of the county, Lee County, where Ian originally made landfall and largely destroyed Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel Island, and surrounding areas, counts the highest percentage of Floridians without access to electricity. The Public Service Commission's updates place Sarasota County second with 104,190 residents, or 36% of the total.

According to Gov. Ron DeSantis, Lee County and other severely affected communities may have prolonged power outages because Ian wrecked the region's infrastructure, and it will take more time to recover, contrary to simply reconnecting downed lines and poles.

Charlotte and Hardee counties still suffer wide outages comparable to Lee county. Big chunks of the grid are still offline across Lee, Charlotte, and Hardee counties.

Almost 60% of businesses and homes, 76,395 in total, still have no power in Charlotte County, while 69% of Hardee County is still in the dark, or 8,436 accounts.

Are you worried about prolonged power outages?

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