Thursday, September 29th

Okeechobee assessing the damage

Hurricane Ian will be recorded as the fifth strongest hurricane to ever hit Florida.

It was down graded to a Tropical storm this morning but it left devastating damage in southwest Florida.

Lee and Charlotte Counties were the hardest hit.

In Okeechobee we experienced mostly nuisance problems.  A tree fell closing 700A in Basinger for a time last night.

Power was out in many areas of the county. An estimated 16 thousand customers.

Motorists had to deal with red lights on flash or not working.

Denise Whitehead said power companies were ready to go out to work this morning.

“Florida Power and Light is helping to clear power lines across major road ways.  Our road department was out early clearing roads.  We are doing a lot of damage assessment.  We are still in a tropical storm warning with gusts of over 30 miles per hour.  Please stay home and off the roads so first responders can do their jobs this morning.”

Whitehead said there is some damage but said it is not ‘massive.’

Okeechobee had over 100 in the regular shelter at South Elementary School along with 10 pets, and six people at the special needs shelter at the health department.

Glades Electric said it is unlikely they will be able to restore power to customers today.

Glades County had over 3,100 customers out of power and 264 people in the West Glades Shelter.

They reported a tornado Tuesday night that extensively damaged four homes on Park Avenue in the Moore Haven Yacht Club.  There were no injuries reported.

Emergency Management Director Marisa Shivers said a phone app, my Glades is available for residents to report damage.

Phone service was out at the Glades County sheriff’s office due to a problem with Verizon.