It’s a wait-and-see game in Florida as Hurricane Ian creeps toward the U.S. coast, with expectations that it will be a Category 3 storm when it makes landfall.
Florida’s highways are jammed with traffic, as thousands scramble to get out of the storm’s path.
Satellite images show the huge hurricane growing in strength hourly from space. The outer bands that form Ian are already pounding Miami with rain, while storm drains are bursting at its seams.
Although evacuation orders have been issued for hundreds of thousands of people across the country, some residents, including Sandy and Larry Dewberry, have chosen to remain put.
“In our experience, it’s pretty hard to predict these things real earlier on. The last time everybody left, it seemed like the storm followed them and hit them where they went. So we’re going to hunker down and wait it out,”Larry said.
For those who are choosing to brave the storm, it can be difficult to find supplies. Generators and plywood are flying off shelves at a Tampa Home Depot.
Jenn Hoskins is a Native Floridian who has been through many hurricanes. Her survival tips for survivors are becoming increasingly popular on social media.
“Anybody who’s been on your street for more than five years has been through their fair share of hurricanes or tropical storms. If they panic, you can panic. If they’re evacuating, you should probably evacuate. However, if they’re just kind of holding on and they look like they’re not really too worried, that can give you a little bit more peace of mind,” Hoskins said.
Busch Gardens, Tampa’s biggest amusement park, will shut down on Wednesday, but Disney World in Orlando will remain open.
The path of the storm has been changed and it now looks like Sarasota will be directly hit.
President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that federal aid will be provided to those who were affected by Hurricane Ian.