The National Weather Service issued a hurricane watch Monday along Florida’s west coast from north of Englewood to the Anclote River, including Tampa Bay. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency and urged residents to load up on food, water, medicine, batteries and fuel. He said it was too early to say when and where Ian will make landfall, but evacuations could be ordered in the coming days.
“Expect heavy rainfall, high winds, flash flooding, storm surge and even isolated tornadoes. Prepare now,” he said on Sunday. “Anticipate power outages. That’s something that’s likely to happen with a hurricane of this magnitude.”