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Tuesday Live updates for Tallahassee:Category 3 Hurricane Ian takes aim at Florida peninsula; Big Bend still in cone
Tuesday Live updates for Florida: Hurricane Ian's path, predictions and Florida Gov. DeSantis' latest
Here are the latest updates from the path of Hurricane Ian as what is forecast to become a Category 4 storm threatens the Big Bend and Florida coast.
8:45 p.m. | Live WeatherTiger forecast set for 9 p.m.
Dr. Ryan Truchelut, aka WeatherTiger, will provide an update on the storm and scenarios for where it might make landfall in Florida at 9 p.m. tonight.
Click on the link below and look for the live feed to appear at 8:55. Or check out the Facebook livestream at facebook.com/tallahasseedemocrat at 9
8:30 p.m. | What's canceled in Tallahassee?
The cascade of cancellations and delays have begun as a strengthening Hurricane Ian threatens Florida. The Tallahassee Democrat is compiling a running list of closures and postponements. An early list is below. You can also send us your closures following the instructions in the article.
6 p.m. | Big Bend coast under tropical storm watch
With Category 2 Hurricane Ian now packing winds of 100 mph and growing, Tropical Storm watches have been raised for Big Bend coastal counties.
A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued from the Suwannee River to Indian Pass.
That means tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within 48 hours for coastal portions of Franklin, Wakulla and Taylor counties.
4:35 p.m. | Tallahassee, Leon County officials urge residents to get ready for Hurricane Ian
City, county and school district officials urged the public to prepare for Hurricane Ian during a news conference at the Public Safety Complex.
"For Leon County, Hurricane Ian poses a significant wind threat and potentially exposes our community to tropical storm force winds for long periods of time," said Kevin Peters, director of Leon County Emergency Management.
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4:15 p.m. | FAMU announces canceled classes, campus closures
Florida A&M University has canceled classes from Tuesday through Friday following a meeting this afternoon to discuss what action to take.
Other campus operations will remain open Tuesday and Wednesday, but will be closed Thursday and Friday.
The university has also rescheduled its Parent and Family Weekend to November 4-6 after it was originally set to take place from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2.
The school joined FSU in cancelling classes. See below for details.
2:45 p.m. | WeatherTiger weighs in: Three scenarios, and they're all bad
Tallahassee based meteorologist has this Monday afternoon analysis of explosively intensifying Hurricane Ian.
"Hurricane Ian is fast becoming the powerful storm it was long predicted to be over the scalding waters western Caribbean. While the range of landfall possibilities remains broad due to Ian’s shallow angle of approach to Florida’s Gulf Coast, it is increasingly certain that the state will see widespread surge, wave, and rain impacts no matter the specific outcome."
"Sorting out where and when those impacts will occur along the Gulf Coast remains a major challenge. But here are three scenarios."
2:30 p.m. | FSU cancels classes, to close campus; homecoming delayed until April
Florida State University will cancel classes Tuesday through Friday, according to an announcement from the school.
At 2 p.m. Monday, FSU said the canceled classes were for students to travel safely out of the area if they choose to evacuate.
Campus will be closed Thursday and Friday, the days Hurricane Ian is currently expected to hit the Panhandle.
The university stated it will continue to provide services to students living on campus.
Updates will be sent to the FSU community via the FSU Alert system to follow a "shelter in place" protocol during the storm.
FSU's homecoming events slated from Thursday to Sunday will be postponed, including the parade, until April 2023.
However, as of Monday afternoon, the FSU football game is still scheduled to be played on Saturday.
“Nothing has changed right now in terms of the 3:30 p.m. kickoff for our football game with Wake Forest on Saturday,” FSU Athletic Director Michael Alford said in a statement.
Florida State football update: Hurricane Ian could impact Seminoles' upcoming home game vs. Wake Forest
As of 2:30 p.m., Florida A&M University and Tallahassee Community College had not announced closures or cancellations.
FAMU Parents and Family Weekend is scheduled for Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. The school has not yet announced changes for these activities or the Rattlers' home football game on Saturday.
1 p.m. | Leon County residents begin to prepare for Hurricane Ian
Dylan Vause, 21, was shoveling sand into white woven bags Monday afternoon for his mother.
His mother, who lives off of Apalachee Parkway, needs flood control for the garage, he said.
"She lives at the bottom of the hill and we get a lot of flooding in her neighborhood," Vause said. "We do a lot of preparation for that."
He filled eight bags at Apalachee Regional Park under the hot sun next to other Leon County residents who were preparing for the impact of Hurricane Ian.
It's not the first time a major storm has hit the capital city, but it's still a little scary, Vause said.
"You never know what to expect," he said.
Scroll on for sandbag locations.
12:25 p.m. | Gov. Ron DeSantis says impacts from Hurricane Ian will be felt 'far and wide'
Gov. Ron DeSantis warned that Hurricane Ian could bring dangerous storm surge, hurricane-force winds and heavy rainfall to the state.
DeSantis' comments came during a morning news conference at the state Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee.
“Floridians up and down the Gulf Coast should feel the impacts of this," DeSantis said. “This is a really, really big hurricane at this point. The impacts are going to be far and wide."
11:30 a.m. | Hurricane Ian expected to slow down as it moves along Florida coast, weaken onshore to tropical storm
Hurricane Ian is forecast to hit its peak intensity over the next 36 hours, becoming a major hurricane by the time it reaches western Cuba and remaining at or near that intensity as it passes near the west coast of Central Florida on Wednesday and Thursday.
Its ultimate destination remains an uncertainty. Much of the state, from the north-central coast to nearly all of North Florida, is inside the five-day forecast cone.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami expressed concern that Ian's forward motion will slow down around that time as an upper trough passes north and east of Ian and steering currents weaken.
"This would likely prolong the storm surge, wind, and rainfall impacts along the affected portions of the west coast of Florida, although the roughly shore-parallel track still makes it difficult to pinpoint exactly what locations will experience the most severe impacts," forecasters said.
After quick intensification, Ian is expected to begin weakening as it hits wind shear and drier mid-level air. The forecast calls for it to diminish to a tropical storm as it moves inland.
The track for Ian shifted slightly east in the Hurricane Center's 11 a.m. forecast. It was located about 240 miles southeast of the western tip of Cuba and moving northwest at 13 mph.
Ian's maximum sustained winds increased to 80 mph. It's expected to enter the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday.
10:50 a.m. | Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey says electric crews on standby, city 'prepared'
Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey declared that the city "is prepared" and urged residents to get ready as Hurricane Ian continues to threaten Florida.
In an interview with the Tallahassee Democrat, he said city crews are "no strangers to hurricanes and hurricane preparation" and noted the Electric Utility was named No. 1 in the nation.
"We've got great men and women that have been preparing for any potential storm damage," said Dailey, who has appeared on CNN to discuss the city's preparations. "As you know, we have 675 miles of roadway, 4,000 miles of electric lines, 950 miles in natural gas lines, a thousand miles of sewer lines. We're out there checking the infrastructure, removing debris, making sure that we're all clear of any potential hurdles and staging our assets and getting ready."
In Twitter posts earlier in the day, he noted that electric crews were on standby and ready to be deployed.
"The city is prepared," he said. "Now is the time for you to review your hurricane plan and prepare."
The mayor noted that Ian is expected to strengthen to a major hurricane tonight.
"Tallahassee remains in the potential path, and there is still significant uncertainty in the track over the coming days," he said. "Remember that impacts can be felt well outside of the 'cone.' "
10:30 a.m. | FAMU and FSU operations remain normal
Both Florida State and Florida A&M universities continue to operate as normal. FAMU’s administration plans to take appropriate action should conditions warrant, and FSU will determine what action to take once the storm’s forecast becomes more certain.
Possible impacts of Hurricane Ian are being considered during what is FSU’s homecoming week, where the university’s homecoming parade is scheduled for Friday at 2 p.m.
Home football games are also scheduled to be Saturday, where FSU will play against Wake Forest University at 3:30 p.m. and FAMU will play against Mississippi Valley State University at 6 p.m.
The universities offer their FAMU ALERT and FSU ALERT systems to students, faculty and staff for further updates on how they are monitoring the storm.
Michael Alford - FSU's vice president and director of athletics - said in a release Monday the Seminoles' game against Wake Forest remains unaffected.
“Nothing has changed right now in terms of the 3:30 p.m. kickoff for our football game with Wake Forest on Saturday," Alford said.
"We are closely monitoring the projections regarding the hurricane and will be in constant contact with both local and state officials as well as the administration at Wake Forest and the Atlantic Coast Conference. As always, the safety of the student-athletes, game staff and fans will be our top priority.”
'Plan A, B, even C': FAMU football prepped for possible schedule changes from Hurricane Ian
10:25 p.m.: Leon County, city of Tallahassee to provide community update on Hurricane Ian
Leon County, the city of Tallahassee, Leon County Schools and the Sheriff's Office will participate in a press conference this afternoon to discuss Hurricane Ian.
The press conference will begin at 2 p.m. at the Public Safety Complex, 911 Easterwood Drive. Local government and emergency management officials will attend. The Tallahassee Democrat will aim to livestream the briefing.
Officials are expected to discuss Ian's forecast track, ongoing preparedness efforts, local government and nonprofit coordination and how citizens can prepare their families and homes.
9:45 a.m. | Possible Leon County Schools' closures still uncertain
Leon County Schools is monitoring the storm and has not yet decided to close schools later this week.
“We’re at a wait and see right now,” said Rocky Hanna, superintendent.
The school district will be present at a 2 p.m. press conference with the county's division of emergency management.
8 a.m. | Leon County, city of Tallahassee open sandbag sites as residents prepare for possible arrival of Hurricane Ian
Leon County and the city of Tallahassee have opened sandbag sites across the community in preparation for Hurricane Ian.
All of the sites have sand, bags and ties for public use. County sites are staffed with sandbag fillers to help the public fill their bags.
City sites are not staffed. Residents are asked to bring their own shovels at the self-service sites.
Prepare now: Read the Leon County 2022 Disaster Survival Guide
Here are the county sites:
Leon County's Northeast Branch Library, 5513 Thomasville Road
Apalachee Regional Park (Solid Waste Management Facility), 7550 Apalachee Parkway
Fred George Park, 3043 Capital Circle NW
Oak Ridge Road at Ranchero Road
Here are the city sites:
Northwood Centre (1940 N. Monroe).
Messer Park South, 2830 Jackson Bluff
Jack McLean Park, 700 Paul Russell
Springsax Park, 1000 Springsax
The Wakulla County Sheriff's Office plans to open a sandbag site at noon today at the Sheriff's Office, 15 Oak St., Crawfordville. Bags are limited to 10 per person.
7:30 a.m. | Big Bend in the cone; models still disagree on strike zone
Hurricane Ian is expected to intensify quickly today as it continues churning through the Caribbean on its way toward expected landfall along Florida’s Gulf Coast.
And while much of the state and the entire Big Bend remains in the cone of uncertainty, the latest forecast track from the National Hurricane Center in Miami shows an overnight shift to the east. Previous tracks put the coast just south of Tallahassee in the middle of the cone.
As of 5 a.m. Monday, Ian was located about 90 miles southwest of Grand Cayman Island and moving northwest at about 14 mph, the Hurricane Center said.
Its maximum sustained winds were 75 mph, making a Category 1 hurricane. However, Ian is expected to become much more powerful as it advances into the Gulf of Mexico.
“Rapid strengthening is expected during the next day or so, and Ian is forecast to become a major hurricane tonight when it is near western Cuba,” the Hurricane Center said.
Ian is expected to emerge in the Gulf on Tuesday. The latest forecast shows possible landfall anywhere from the southwest coast to the far western Panhandle by mid to late week.
A hurricane watch has been issued for Englewood to the Anclote River, which includes Tampa Bay.
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