'Here for our community': Sheriff's Office deploys mobile command center to help with search, rescue

Hurricane Ian's storm surge dramatically impacted buildings at Fort Myers Beach.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office early Thursday began assisting in search and rescue aid for those stranded by Hurricane Ian.

"Our Mobile Command Center is ready to respond and assist with search and rescue along with our other assets. We are here for our community," Lee County Sheriff's Office wrote on Facebook just before 7 a.m.

Officials also warned residents of the road hazards from debris, fallen trees, and downed power lines. In addition, many traffic lights are currently out.

To ease traffic, they said many intersections will be treated as four-way stops. At four-way stops, the first vehicle to stop should move forward first. If two vehicles reach the intersection at the same time, the driver on the left yields to the driver on the right.

They added to avoid traveling on the road unless absolutely necessary. They will have deputies deployed throughout the county

This article originally appeared on Fort Myers News-Press: Hurricane Ian: Lee County Sheriff's Office deploys search, rescue unit