From the Tampa Bay Times:
It’s been 101 years since a major hurricane struck Tampa Bay.
That lucky streak may end with Hurricane Ian.
Ian, a strengthening Category 2 hurricane as of 11 p.m. Monday, has steadied its course and is headed eastward through the Gulf of Mexico toward Florida, where the National Hurricane Center tracks it to approach the Pinellas County coast as a major hurricane by Wednesday night.
While the storm’s current track would put the eye’s landfall farther north, near the Nature Coast area, the National Weather Service on Monday put Tampa Bay under a hurricane warning for the first time since Hurricane Irma in 2017. Experts saidIan could bring up to a foot of rain andas much as 5 to 10 feet of storm surge as it lingers off the coast, which could make it one of Tampa Bay’s most dangerous hurricane threats ever.
”When I look at this storm, I feel like I felt when Andrew was approaching Miami and when Katrina was approaching New Orleans,” said Jeff Masters, a meteorologist for Yale Climate Connections and a former hurricane hunter. “We have a potential historic catastrophe in the making.”
In Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, residents in flood zone A went under mandatory evacuation orders at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday, respectively. Pinellas County residents in zones B and C have until 7 a.m. Tuesday to evacuate. Hillsborough is under a voluntary evacuation for zone B. Pasco County will evacuate residents in zones A, B and C on Tuesday morning.
The Tampa Bay Times has lifted their paywall for the duration.
Here is a link to the National Hurricane Center. The information and maps are updated every three hours.
Update: The blue border indicates areas under a tropical storm warning. That includes all of South Florida. Miami-Dade County Public Schools has cancelled classes for Wednesday and Thursday.