Hurricane Ian energy outages start on Florida’s west coast

Energy outages are beginning to influence Florida forward of Hurricane Ian’s anticipated landfall alongside the state’s west coast, with practically 234,000 with out energy — a quantity that is anticipated to rise.

Why it issues: The key storm unleashed life-threatening storm surge flooding throughout the decrease Florida Keys in a single day. It is anticipated to do the identical on the Florida mainland — with the best threat from Naples to Sarasota, Axios’ Andrew Freedman studies.

By the numbers: In accordance with PowerOutage.us, which aggregates stay energy outage information from throughout the nation, greater than 2% of Florida was with out energy as of about 11am ET Wednesday.

  • Collier County, which incorporates Naples, has the biggest quantity experiencing an outage with about 19% of the 266,000 energy clients.
  • Manatee County had about 13% of consumers experiencing outages whereas Sarasota had about 15%.
  • Lee County had greater than 9% of the 474,000 clients tracked with out energy.

What’s subsequent: Gov. Ron DeSantis stated Wednesday that 30,000 linemen are staged and prepared for energy restoration efforts throughout the state, together with many from different states.

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