During a press conference Thursday morning, Gov. Ron DeSantis said that there were 2.02 million power outages in Florida due to Hurricane Ian.
RON DESANTIS: As of 6:00 AM this morning, we have 2.02 million reported power outages. But outside of southwest Florida, we may have additional outages from central and northeast Florida impacts, and people should anticipate that. If you look, there's 1.5 million outages in seven southwest Florida counties. Lee and Charlotte are basically off the grid at this point. Sarasota has a quarter of a million without power, Hillsborough 222,000, Pinellas 150,000, Manatee 129,000.
The Charlotte and Lee reconnects are really going to likely have to be rebuilding of that infrastructure. And so there are linemen, there are crews that are on their way down right now. But that's going to be more than just connecting a power line back to a-- back to a pole.
The other counties likely are not going to require the extent of the structural rebuild. But of course, that's going to be assessed as the day goes on. But we do have huge amounts of resources that are in route and are going to work to get people's power on as quickly as possible.