My BIL has a new home on the water in Port Charlotte and was going to stay and ride it out. I just heard he decided to leave because it was getting so bad. I am very worried about him and others in the same situation.
It's a tense morning waiting for updates.. My wife's family is in Venice and decided to ride it out. Winds are getting pretty strong last we heard, but it seems like they just lost cellular service. Hoping and praying for the best, along with all of those in Ian's path.
I’m in Lee County (Fort Myers) 96.5% are without power. Pretty rough day.
Tomorrow we will see wide spread damage. Still blowing tropical forcedwinds but hurricane winds have passed for us here. Storm surge still a concern. They predict tropical force winds until about 5:30 am tomorrow.
My buddies daughter is in Saint Petersburg. He spent a few days getting her place ready before going back north to Gainesville to prep his place.
He promised to call after it went through and cell system comes back. I haven't heard anything yet,,,
We were supposed to go to Ft Myers beach in 2 weeks. My mother-in-laws family has a condo there. That’s not happening anymore. Complete devastation. It’s only a matter of time when you build a city on a barrier island 5’ above sea level. Sad to see the pictures, though.