The models were showing this and the 11am Hurricane Ian Update has confirmed it. As can be seen, the path of the hurricane has shifted south. The new landfall projection is in the Sarasota-Venice area. This shift will definitely affect us here in Southwest Florida. Also, it means that the hurricane landfall will be much sooner. We’re now looking at landfall at roughly 8pm Wednesday night. The storm has cleared Cuba as will continue intensifying before landfall. Checking the map for more warnings and watches you’ll see an extension of those into neighboring states. Don’t forget to top off your gas tanks. A lot of the gasoline we use comes from the port in Tampa bay. Any disruptions there could cause shortages statewide.
Hurricane Ian Update – Mandatory Evacuations in SWFL
Lee County has issued mandatory evacuations in Zone A and Zone B:
Charlotte County Evacuations Ordered for Zone A-Red and Zone B-Orange
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (Sept. 27, 2022) – Charlotte County Emergency Management has issued evacuation orders for residents in all of Zone A – Red and all of Zone B – Orange. 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
Collier County has now issued a Tropical Storm Warning. At this point, no evacuation notices have been issued.
Here’s the info on storm surge from NBC2:
Check out our storm center for more info on evacuation shelters and topics such as where to get sandbags.