TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Hurricane Ian is expected to impact Florida starting Wednesday.

8 On Your Side has the latest information on what is going on and expected for the Tampa Bay area, as well as the state.

As of the 5 a.m. update, Ian is a Category 4 hurricane. “Life-threatening storm surge” and “catastrophic winds” in Florida are projected on Wednesday as Hurricane Ian is projected to make landfall along the state’s Gulf Coast.

The 5 a.m. EDT advisory said that Hurricane Ian was about 75 miles southwest of Naples with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph.

This story will be updated throughout the day. Check back for updates.

11:30 a.m.

News Channel 8 reporter Mahsa Saeidi has documented debris already littering roads in Manatee County.

Manatee County Schools also tweeted a video of the courtyard at Braden River High, a shelter for evacuees, showing rainy, stormy conditions.

10:32 a.m.

The Clearwater Police Department tweeted a video from the north side of the Courtney Campbell Causeway, saying the waters of Old Tampa Bay are “quite rough.”

10:15 a.m.

News Channel 8 reporter Justin Schecker provided photos of water receding on Bayshore Boulevard.

9:36 a.m.

The city of Venice tweeted photos of receding water. The National Weather Service noted that the water will come back and those in the area should not attempt to walk there – or any other location with receding water. Bradenton tweeted as well, saying “there’s usually 2-3 feet of water, but the water is being sucked out right now.”

According to WFLA Meteorologist Leigh Span, the phenomenon of water being pushed out is caused by winds coming from the east and blowing toward the Gulf of Mexico.

“Think of it like a fan blowing over a bucket of water,” Spann said.

9:24 a.m.

Bradenton police tweeted Monday about a tree that fell during storm damage. The tree, located at 50th St W and Cortez Rd West was put on a trailer and moved out of the way by police.

8:03 a.m.

Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister tweeted a video of deteriorating conditions in Tampa. “Expect heavy rain and damaging winds,” he tweeted.

6:36 a.m.

News Channel 8 photojournalist Eric Hausmann provided video of a storm squall from Ian affecting Sarasota.

5:40 a.m.

A tornado watch has been issued for most of south Florida, including DeSoto, Polk, Hardee, Highlands, Manatee and Sarasota counties.

5:20 a.m.

Manatee County Government tweeted late Tuesday night that 100 dogs and 55 cats were transported in the county ahead of the storm. Emergency fosters took in 26 cats and 14 cats.

4:33 a.m.

The City of Tampa tweeted that Tampa police officers have been “patrolling neighborhoods, notifying residents of evacuation orders, helping the homeless and more.”

Tampa Fire Rescue has been leading Emergency Management and responding to calls. Currently, 150 patients have been moved to a secure location.

The Hardee County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that a Hurricane Warning has been issued for the county. As of the time of the tweet, only Hilltop Elementary is open as a shelter in the county.

The sheriff’s office said they are seeing local roads with intermittent flooding.