Thousands lose power on Sanibel, Pine Island

Reporter: Andryanna Sheppard
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Power companies are preparing ahead of Ian. (CREDIT: WINK News)

FPL crews are staging the Charlotte County Airport to prepare ahead of Ian’s arrival.

There are about 20 staging sites up and down Florida’s west coast. Severe weather, including heavy rain, flooding and high winds, is expected to cause widespread outages throughout Florida’s western and northern peninsula over the next few days.

As of 12 p.m. on Wednesday, LCEC said more than 8,000 people have lost power on Sanibel and Captiva. On Pine Island, there are 7,000 outages reported.

Around 4,000 Marco Island residents are without power as of 7:45 a.m.  Wednesday morning. LCEC is pre-staged and will respond when it is deemed safe.

They all came across the country to help Florida get its electricity back as soon as possible.

A Florida Power and Light spokesperson said there are more than 16,000 people helping to get power restored quickly in case of any outages.

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