The big change with the Hurricane Ian Tuesday 8AM Update here in Southwest Florida, is the mandatory evacuation notice for parts of Lee County. That’s really what the 5AM wake up call was on our phones. Putting Lee County into “Hurricane Warning” status opened the door for the mandatory evacuations. From Lee County:
“Lee County has issued evacuation orders for barrier islands and low-lying areas in advance of Hurricane Ian’s approach, and the county will open some of its shelters for evacuees who do not have other locations to stay.
Hurricane Ian Tuesday 8AM Update:
125 mph storm with a path heading right for Tampa Bay. You’ll note that the intensity increased. It’s now forecasted to be a major hurricane hitting Tampa (3+). And because it will slow down before it makes landfall, lots of rain and lots of water. Although in SWFL we likely won’t see the winds that they’ll see in Tampa, we still expect a lot of power outages. Trees fall onto power lines. If you’re on the fence about whether or not to put up shutters, do it. It’s not likely that the wind will blow out your window, but there will be flying debris that could. Be safe. Here’s our guide with more info.