IRMA: Highlands County damages – second worst in the state.

Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Continued Hurricane Irma Response Efforts

Today, Governor Rick Scott joined FWC officers to tour Hurricane Irma damage in Clay County and the Florida Keys. The Governor will continue to be in constant communication with state and local emergency management officials, city and county leaders, law enforcement and National Guard leaders, and utility officials as Hurricane Irma response continues.

More than 53,000 people in Highlands County were waiting for power to return on Monday, according to Duke Energy. That is the majority of the county.
Residents are also running desperately low on water and ice, said the Highland’s County Sheriff’s Office. ABC Action News was there as gas stations had lines 70 cars deep waiting for fuel.

One woman we spoke with had been in line for three hours waiting for gas along US 98 in Sebring. “It would have been nice if they had had some Port-a-potties along the way,” she said.

A Highlands County Sheriff’s deputy said many of the gas stations do not have power or access to a generator, and therefore cannot get their pumps up and running.

Another driver said the situation is growing increasingly difficult for many residents, including hundreds of elderly and disabled in the community. Read more here