Although Southwest Florida is not currently in the cone for Hurricane Ian, we’re still going to feel the effects. As of 10am Monday morning we’re under a Tropical Storm Watch. It looks like Hurricane Ian will be passing by Southwest Florida during the day on Wednesday as a major hurricane. Maybe even a Category 4. We’re on what some call the “dirty side” of the hurricane. SWFL is going to see a lot of wind and rain. Here’s the radar from this morning:
Ian AM satellite on https://t.co/3cvwpvWgRA. Intensifying down to low 980mbs already. Entering those hot OHC waters. Major Hurricane likely soon. FLA should be preparing now! Historic life changing storm brewing for many. Cayman Islands are feeling now. https://t.co/Hk3pbO84Yf pic.twitter.com/dMeKig9yWA— Mike's Weather Page (@tropicalupdate) September 26, 2022
So even if the current forecast models hold true and Southwest Florida avoids a direct hit, there’s still some steps you can take to be prepared. Remember, those outer bands can spin off tornadoes which can break off tree branches. Those tree branches fall on a power line and – now you’re sitting in the dark. And FPL is going to be super busy restoring power. How long will you be without power? We have a guide with a lot of useful information. And it doesn’t mean you need to rush to Publix and empty the shelves. Tampa Meteorologist Dennis Phillips has come up with a lot more ideas. Here’s a few of the best ‘hurricane hacks’ I found. And some personal experience.