It has been three days since Hurricane Ian struck Florida and recovery efforts are still ongoing on Saturday.
The death toll from Hurricane Ian increased to 17 on Friday, a figure that officials say will likely rise.
Nearly 1.3 million Florida electric customers started Saturday without power following Hurricane Ian, nearly half of the number without electricity during the storm’s peak.
Lee County was without running water on Friday after it took a direct landfall from the hurricane on Wednesday. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and state officials said restoring water service to the area was a top priority for responders.
Gas outages remain a significant issue for Florida residents.
GasBuddy reported that nearly half of Fort Myers area gas stations are without fuel. One in three stations in the Tampa area are out of gas, GasBuddy reported.
For stations that are open, lines extend for blocks in Southwest Florida.
Gas lines in Venice, Florida
President Joe Biden added four Florida counties as major disaster areas, bringing the total number to 13. Residents in those counties can access grants from the federal government for expenses not covered by insurance.
Hurricane Ian became a post-tropical storm Friday evening, hours after striking the South Carolina coast. What’s left of Ian is bringing gusty winds and showers to the central Appalachians.
A flood watch was issued for parts of West Virginia.
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