10 AM Update - Power being restored on the Suncoast

Published: Sep. 29, 2022 at 7:49 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 29, 2022 at 9:58 AM EDT
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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - As of 10 AM Thursday, power has been restored to over 32,000 homes in Sarasota County, and over 28,000 people in Manatee County. Power is still out in most of Hardee, Desoto, Charlotte, and Lee counties.

As Tropical Storm Ian moves into eastern Florida, some customers in Manatee and Charlotte Counties have power again. But 60 to 90 percent of customers are without power. Statewide over 2.5 million are without power. New outages are mainly in the eastern part of the state.

Now that steady winds are under 35 mph, crews will be able to restore power as quickly as possible.

Rainfall totals ranging from 4 inches to over 20 inches have been reported. The heaviest rains occurred in southern Sarasota County, including Venice, Osprey and North Port, also into DeSoto County. Flooding and standing pools of water will be common.

Do not drive into standing water. Do not walk through standing water, either. There is a risk of snakes in the water and downed powerlines, too.

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