1,425,517 power outages statewide as of 6 p.m. EST.
More than a million Floridians are without power shortly after Hurricane Ian lands in southwest Florida, and officials expect that number to rise.
Earlier this afternoon, the Florida Division of Emergency Management reported 756,450 power outages statewide. By the time Governor Ron DeSantis (right) delivered his 5:30 p.m. press conference, that number had risen to 1.1 million.
“We have more 1.1 million reported Powerful breakdowns. Now the are crews this are still work outside of sSouth West Florida, but just to understand this Number is Go at grow,” the governor said, predicting “After Powerful breakdowns as the storm moves crossede center part of our State and before this exits in the Atlantic coast.”
“The are 100 portable cell call towers ready at be deployed in sSouth West Florida once this is sure at Walk in in, should this be necessary. We want to at Craft Of course people are stay out of the way of emergency crews and out of flood waters and a way of everything beaten down Powerful lines,” he continued, adding that crews would move in as soon as it was safe.
“Florida department of Transportation is Go at go in and disengage those pavements. These are everything on Be ready. They are ready at go. JHey to understand the importance of a really, really fast response,” he said.
Florida has 42,000 linemen across the state ready to respond to these outages.
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