This evening (9-29-22), Flagler County emergency management officials conducted a Hurricane Ian briefing. Hurricane Ian is finally offshore, but continues to batter the coast with rain and heavy surf, as it makes it way north towards the Carolinas. City officials in Bunnell and Flagler Beach will begin conducting assessments tomorrow (Friday, September 30). The public is asked to please minimize travel, so that power restoration crews and local officials can review damage and begin repairs.
With nearly 2-out-of-3 Flagler County residents without power (according to FPL Power Outage Map), many residents are spending Thursday evening in the dark. This emphasizes the importance of minimizing travel tomorrow. FPL shared they will have an official restoration of service time estimate Friday morning.
The big story is the Flagler Pier suffering damage. The end of the already shortened pier experienced even more damage, which can be seen below. City Manager William Whitson asked the public to stay, so officials can assess the damage.
Flooding and power outages seem to be the big issues impacting the most people in Flagler County. Once the rain begins to subside, which will occur overnight tonight, water will begin to recede. Interestingly enough, the weather behind the hurricane is quite cool and weather this weekend is expected to be very nice.
Residents in need of WiFi are encouraged to visit Spectrum’s WiFi Access Points, which have been open to all residents. A map of WiFi Access Points can be found, here.
The Chamber thanks our first responders and all helping Flagler County weather the storm.
We continue to encourage you to visit the Flagler County Emergency Management Department’s website for the latest updates. Click here to learn more.