Ian: Power outages spread across the state as well as restorations in southeast Florida

As of Noon ET on September 29, approximately 2.7 million Florida residences are without power.

All of Lee County, approximately 430,000 residences (about 800,000 people) are without power.

Additionally, over 200,000 customers are without power as well in Volusia, Collier, Orange and Hillsborough counties.

In Collier and Volusia those numbers represent the majority of residences, while in Orange and Hillsborough those numbers are over a third of customers to local utility providers.

The vast majority of homes in Charlotte, DeSoto and Hardee counties have lost power. Numbers also are high in Polk, Seminole, Osceola, Brevard, Highlands and Pinellas.

One piece of good news is that FPL has already restored power to more than 50,000 residences in Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe and Palm Beach which had lost power as early as Tuesday evening when Ian’s initial feeder bands surprisingly impacted southeast Florida, in a manner local authorities and meteorologists were not expecting until a few hours prior. Palm Beach and Broward had some additional outages on Wednesday that should be restored soon.

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