Power outages in Cape Coral affecting family with newborn

Reporter: Zach Oliveri Writer: Paul Dolan
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Zoe born just before Hurricane Ian is being affected by the power outages in Cape Coral. (CREDIT: WINK News)

Residents in Cape Coral are getting frustrated because Sunday’s lightning storm knocked the power out again when some only had power for a little while.

But the Moore family has a lot more at stake because they have a baby girl born just before Ian hit Florida.

As of Monday afternoon, LCEC says more than 8,300 customers still don’t have power in Cape Coral, and 4,300 don’t have power in North Fort Myers.

Jennifer Moore’s newborn daughter Zoe is a miracle, as far as Jennifer is concerned.

“She’s healthy and perfect,” Jennifer said. “She’s beautiful, I love her.”

Zoe was born on Sept. 28, as Ian continued its march toward Southwest Florida.

“Thank God it didn’t happen later on in the evening, because we would’ve been stuck here at the house and my father probably would’ve been delivering her,” Jennifer said.

Zoe’s bright smile has been Jennifer’s and her husband’s best light source since Ian. The couple has been stuck without power for 12 days.

“She starts crying and we have to turn on the lantern to see what’s going on,” Jennifer said. “But it’s hard to get her temperature regulated; it’s either really hot or it’s really cold… my patience is wearing thin.”

Jennifer posted signs to LCEC outside of their home trying to get their attention to turn the lights on.

“It’s almost two weeks now, and the power trucks, we saw them here last night, and then of course there was a big storm, so they left,” Jennifer said.

And, while WINK News was interviewing Jennifer, her power came back on. She and her neighbors screamed with joy.

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