More than 25,000 Florida residents are without cable, landline or internet service in Florida as Hurricane Ian hits the coast as a Category 4 storm.
The data was released Wednesday afternoon by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as the eye of the storm moved through a suburban area between the metropolitan cities of Tampa and Fort Myers in the west of the state.
An FM radio station was knocked offline by the storm, the FCC said, while all AM and TV stations were still broadcasting Wednesday afternoon.
The storm is currently producing winds in excess of 150 miles per hour, which could cause significant damage to communications systems and other state utilities.
Currently, about half a million people across Florida are without power, though the number is likely higher as power grid notification systems go offline.
The state’s wireless phone and data network is proving more reliable, with about 3% of Florida’s wireless phone towers reporting an outage Wednesday. Nearly 190 wireless phone towers are suffering an outage, with nearly all of them offline due to problems with the fiber lines that transfer data between nodes.