How to find out if your cellphone tower is out after Hurricane Ian

Hurricane Ian’s winds and rain left a destructive path as it cut through Southwest Florida on Wednesday.

In Manatee County and elsewhere along the Gulf coast, various levels of damage were felt. In addition to needing power restored, cell service can be spotty or non-existent.

To find the nearest cell tower or see whether the tower that serves you is down and needs repairing, go to cellmapper.net and type in your provider name.

According to Jacksonville’s First Coast News, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said portable cell towers are being sent to reestablish service.

T-Mobile is waiving fees attached to overage charges for customers in areas of Florida and Georgia impacted by Hurricane Ian that are not on unlimited plans.

The company announced in a press release they are waiving unlimited talk, text and data effective immediately through Oct. 3 for those not on the unlimited plan across 50 of Florida’s 67 counties that were effected by the storm.

That includes Manatee, Sarasota, Hillsborough, Charlotte, Lee, Collier and other counties from Ian’s path.

Cell tower map from Cellmapper.net showing towers out around Manatee County on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022 after Hurricane Ian hit Southwest Florida on Wednesday.
Cell tower map from Cellmapper.net showing towers out around Manatee County on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022 after Hurricane Ian hit Southwest Florida on Wednesday.