As of 6 a.m. ET this morning, southwest Florida has 2.02 million reported power outages, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday morning, adding that there may be additional outages in central and northeast Florida.
"Lee and Charlotte [counties] are basically off the grid at this point," he said.
The damage to power infrastructure in the two counties is extensive, according to reports from DeSantis. The governor said that the Charlotte and Lee reconnects are likely going to need rebuilding of infrastructure.
"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 pole," he explained.
"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," he added.
Here are the power outage numbers he detailed:
- Hillsborough: 220,000
- Pinnellas: 150,000
- Manatee: 129,000
- Sarasota: 250,000