The Hurricane Ian 5pm update came with some pretty big changes. Starting with the strength. Ian is now a 100 mph hurricane as it closes in on Cuba. Additionally, as I’m sure you’ve heard, that’s not the mountainous side of Cuba. Cuba is not going to slow this thing down as it ramps up to a major hurricane.
The direction of the cone hasn’t changed much for the Hurricane Ian 5pm update, basically, it’s become a little more clear as to where Ian is going. The Tampa area is now under a hurricane warning. Our status in Southwest Florida has changed as well, we’re under a Tropical Storm Warning. There is a very serious threat of major flooding in the Tampa Bay area.
Hurricane Ian Evacuation Notice in SWFL
Charlotte County Zone A – Red Evacuation Ordered
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (Sept. 26, 2022) – Charlotte County Emergency Management has issued evacuation orders for residents in Zone A – Red areas. This includes those living on the barrier islands of Don Pedro Island, Knight Island (Palm Island), Little Gasparilla Island, Gasparilla Island, and Manasota Key, as well as residents in any zone living in mobile homes and trailers.
To find your zone, visit www.CharlotteCountyFL.gov
More Hurricane Ian Evacuations in SWFL?
This is unconfirmed info, but from a very reliable source. Lee County could soon see some evacuation notices.
My phone just scared the hell out of me. The EAS went off to announce a STORM SURGE WARNING for us here in SWFL. I’m closely watching Leonardo Arms on Fort Myers Beach. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if those condos fell into the gulf this week. Unfortunate, but possible. I have a friend with a condo there. He’s moved all of his stuff out.
Lastly, I put my hurricane shutters up on my Estero house. I have the metal accordion type ones. You loosen the screws, hang them, tighten the screws. Seems simple, but…. the house was painted 3 years ago and all those screws were painted over. And they’ve had 3 years of sunlight to cook. Not fun. But it’s done.
Check out our guide for more info.
More info from Charlotte County:
Charlotte County State of Emergency Declared, Facilities Closed, Board Meeting Canceled
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (Sept. 26, 2022) – The Charlotte County Commission on Monday declared a local state of emergency due to Hurricane Ian.
Charlotte County offices will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday Sept. 27 due to Hurricane Ian. Charlotte County public schools will be closed Tuesday, Sept. 27 with decisions for additional days being made at a later time.
The Board of County Commissioners Regular and Land Use meeting originally set for Tuesday, Sept. 27 meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Oct. 4.
Fire/EMS stations will remain open. Emergency Management, Public Works and Utilities personnel will continue to perform essential functions, such as water and sewer service, stormwater drainage and storm recovery operations.