Our Lights Stayed on During Hurricane Ian

25 October 2022 | Lisa Hall

One RMIer recounts his experience braving Hurricane Ian and why the lights stayed on in his solar-powered sustainable community.

My family and I survived our first hurricane. Hurricane Ian passed right over our head and pummeled the west cost of Florida with high winds for 6-10 hours. The storm ravaged our local area in Southwest Florida and is expected to rank among the 10 worst in US history, measured by the cost of the destruction.

And while the Hurricane knocked out power to more than 4 million Florida customers — and more than a half million are still without power as I write this — our lights only flickered, and then stayed on. Fortunately, we live in a master-planned community focused on sustainability and resiliency.

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