ST. PETERSBURG, Fla — Hurricane Ian tore through southwest Florida up to the Carolinas leaving behind flooded neighborhoods and massive destruction.
The National Hurricane Center said the storm caused catastrophic storm surge, winds and flooding over the Florida peninsula as it made landfall.
The center of Ian moved over Central Florida through Thursday before emerging over the Atlantic.
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7:17 p.m. Florida District Medical Examiners say there are now 58 deaths confirmed and attributed to Hurricane Ian.
In the Tampa Bay region, there is one reported death in Hillsborough County, two reported deaths in Manatee County and three reported deaths in Sarasota County.
Hendry and Lake counties have one reported death each, Collier County has three reported deaths and Volusia County has five reported deaths, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said in a news release.
In Lee County, there are 42 reported deaths.
6:16 p.m. Sarasota County Schools said they will remain closed until further notice as they address extensive damages to school and district facilities.
5.56 p.m. As of 5 p.m. Sunday, Tampa Electric said about 280,000 customers have restored power. There are still about 16,500 customers without power, TECO said.
Portions of eastern Hillsborough County and Polk County that received more damage compared to other areas because of Hurricane Ian should expect to have power restored by Monday night.
4:20 p.m. Manatee County Utilities says boil water advisories for residents of Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach, and Holmes Beach have been rescinded. Potable water service was previously interrupted during the storm.
Boil water notifications for mobile home residents in the county who had service interruptions are also able to use water for drinking or cooking with no issues except for the following communities:
- Terra Ceia Village
- Leisure Lake Co-Op
- Sugar Creek Mobile Home Park Estates
3:00 p.m. The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office says it has completed search and rescue efforts and found 23 people who had died as a direct or indirect result of Hurricane Ian.
The sheriff's office is also warning residents of handymen and contractors who may be scammers or unlicensed.
2:49 p.m. More than 930,000 customers across the state have had their power restored as of 2 p.m. Sunday, Duke Energy Florida said in a news release. There are reportedly still 77,000 customers that have not got their power restored, but Duke Energy is working to have 90 percent of customers in all counties restored by Sunday at midnight.
Customers who experience a power outage can report it by visiting Duke Energy's website, using the Duke Energy mobile app, texting OUT to 57801, or calling the automated outage-reporting system at 800-228-8485.
12:34 p.m. St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch has extended the State of Local Emergency for the city through Oct. 9.
10:21 a.m. City of Sarasota canceled the boil water advisory for the barrier island. Water customers are being notified directly.
10:20 a.m. City of Sarasota administrative offices are set to reopen on Oct. 3. The regular City Commission meeting will be held at 9 a.m. in the Commission Chambers at City Hall, 1565 First Street.
Some City operations are suspended or will be delayed.
9:33 a.m. Florida Highway Patrol released a travel advisory for travel in southwest Florida.
Drivers traveling to the southwest Florida area are encouraged to use Interstate 75, State Road 80, State Road 60, State Road 31, or US 27 as open roadways.
Drivers are strongly recommended to avoid using US 17 due to multiple road closures at:
- US 17 closed from Carter Street to Fletcher Street
- US 17 closed from Sweetwater to State Road 70
- US 17 closed from Tennessee Street to Sweetwater
9:32 a.m. Charlotte County will have a news conference to discuss the response and recovery of Hurricane Ian. The news conference will be broadcast on Facebook Live and Comcast.
9:30 a.m. Florida Power and Light said during a news conference that they had restored power for 1.6 million customers, which is about 75% of customers affected by Hurricane Ian.
8:59 a.m. Tampa Solid Waste Department resumes collection services and operations on Oct. 3. All residential curbside collection is resuming normally scheduled services. Residential collection includes garbage, recycling and yard waste.
7:15 a.m. Those interested in donating to those impacted by Hurricane Ian have a few upcoming opportunities to do so:
- Grace Community Church
- 8000 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota, FL, 34241
- Drop-Off date & time: Sunday, Oct. 2 to Sunday, Oct. 9 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day
- First Sarasota – The Downtown Baptist Church
- 1661 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
- Drop-Off date & time: Sunday, Oct. 2 – noon to 4 p.m.
- South Shore Community Church
- 1899 South Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34239
- Drop-Off date & time: Sunday, Oct. 2 – 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
- CoastLife Church
- 1100 U.S. Hwy 41 Bypass in Venice
- Drop-Off date & time: Monday, Oct. 3 – 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.to 7 p.m.
- Monday, Oct. 3, the church will be hosting a BBQ dinner for those in need from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
What items are needed?
There are varying levels and types of need in our community right now and a wide variety of care items would be helpful:
- Basic toiletries like shampoo, toothpaste, hairbrushes and toothbrushes, body wash, and soap
- Clothing items like shirts, skirts, pants, hoodies/jackets, socks, and shoes
- Blankets, sheets, sleeping bags, and pillows
- Nonperishable food items such as peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned soup, and cereal
- Bottled water, juice boxes
- Comfort items like stuffed animals, books, and games
Past updates from Saturday, Oct. 1.
10:29 p.m. President Biden is scheduled to visit Florida on Wednesday, Oct. 5., following the deadly impacts of Hurricane Ian in the southwestern region of the state, the White House announced. He will be joined by First Lady Jill Biden.
The duo will also be making a trip to Puerto Rico on Monday, Oct. 3., after the region was impacted by Hurricane Fiona.
9 p.m. The Medical Examiners Commission confirmed that there are now 44 deaths in Florida relating to the impacts of Hurricane Ian, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced Saturday.
In the Tampa Bay region, there are three deaths reported in Sarasota County and one death in Manatee County, according to FDLE.
The highest amount of deaths confirmed was in Lee County as 30 people were reported to have lost their life due to the storm, authorities say. Cities that were heavily impacted by the hurricane within the county include Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Sanibel Island.
Naples, located in Collier County, was another city that received major structural damage to its buildings and homes. There were a total of three reported deaths in the county, FDLE said.
There were also reportedly five deaths in Volusia County, one in Lake County and one in Hendry County.
6:25 p.m. Tampa Electric said they have restored power to more than 80 percent of its customers impacted by Hurricane Ian as of 4 p.m. Saturday.
243,000 customers have reportedly got their power restored and TECO said they are still working to help 52,000 customers get their power back.
7:34 a.m. The Hidden River/Myakka Valley neighborhood in Sarasota County received an alert regarding the potential of flooding from a compromised levee, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said. At this time residents in east Sarasota county, immediately south of Myakka Road and west of the Myakka River are encouraged to consider evacuating.
There is no threat to other areas in Sarasota County such as Venice or North Port.