TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Ian has weakened to a tropical storm and is moving across Central Florida after making landfall Wednesday afternoon near Cayo Casto, Florida as a Category 4 hurricane with 150 mph winds.
As Ian moves toward the East Coast, here’s everything you need to know:
WFLA is closely monitoring for any updates from the National Hurricane Center. Our latest forecast story always has the latest information from the most recent NHC advisories, and the latest graphics and details for our area from our Max Defender 8 team.
WFLA has live reporters stationed throughout the Tampa Bay area to safely monitor conditions. Our Max Defender 8 meteorologists are hard at work bringing you the latest updates to keep you safe.
Gov. DeSantis told Floridians in the storm’s path to expect power outages as the storm crawls through southwest and central Florida. At one time, at least 2 million customers were without power.
Crews will be out early Thursday morning getting a first look at the damage caused by Hurricane Ian in Tampa Bay communities.
The Red Cross is helping Floridians who were impacted by Hurricane Ian.
The Max Defender 8 weather team has developed a unique tool called the “Real-time Wobble Tracker” to see minute by minute if the storm’s eye is deviating from the official NHC forecast track.
“That allows our weather team to immediately see if the storm is headed in a different direction and alert viewers to if they are in the clear or are in danger,” Chief Meteorologist Jeff Berardelli explained.
Many Tampa Bay area counties have issued mandatory or voluntary evacuations ahead of Hurricane Ian. We’ll keep you updated with the latest information from the counties and when evacuations may be lifted.
We’re already seeing the impacts from Hurricane Ian in the Tampa Bay area. As it moves closer to us, you can check your area with interactive Max Defender 8 radar.
If the power goes out in your area but you still have your phone, you can still stay connected and get the latest updates by downloading the WFLA app and the Max Defender 8 weather app.
WFLA’s J.B. Biunno will be live on Tracking the Tropics as Hurricane Ian approaches with Meteorologists Jeff Berardelli, Leigh Spann, Amanda Holly, Rebecca Barry and Eric Stone. You can watch live in the apps, on WFLA.com, on Facebook and on YouTube.
You can also follow our entire weather team on Facebook and Twitter to get updates: