Interior Florida residents prepare for the effects of Hurricane Ian


The Villages, Florida – As Hundreds of thousands of Floridians evacuated from parts of the West Florida coast Inland residents aren’t sitting idly by as Hurricane Ian approaches. Total precipitation can reach up to 1 foot along with hurricane force winds. National Weather Service.

“People are just scared because you don’t know,” Vivian Hudson told FOX Weather’s. Robert Ray

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The village is currently under tropical storm surveillance.

The village is currently under tropical storm surveillance.

Hudson is one of nearly 150,000 residents of a community of over 55s known as The Villages, about an hour north of Orlando. Despite being in the middle of the Florida peninsula, they could be in Ian’s path.Mr. Hudson has lived on the Texas Gulf Coast for eight years and has seen quite a few hurricanes. , said not all neighbors saw.

The Sunshine State has welcomed over half a million new residents since the Covid-19 pandemic began. The Village alone saw its population grow by 3-4% during that period. weekly saucepublications on aging.

Cars lined up at the petrol station in this village to fill up on Sundays. We ran out of gas by Monday afternoon.

Cars lined up at the petrol station in this village to fill up on Sundays. We ran out of gas by Monday afternoon.

“We’re just safe,” says resident Pat Krebs. “I don’t think we’ve done anything big yet, but we always have batteries, flashlights and candles.”

Florida Power and Light hopes Krebs won’t need these candles for long. They had already amassed a horde of repair trucks less than two hours north of The Village.

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Following a parade of golf carts around over 40 golf courses, Ray weekly sauce It has been called the largest master-planned retirement community in the world. He said people out there were trying to drill the last few holes before the rains started in earnest on Tuesday.

parade of golf carts

The golfers rush to get another game before Ian arrives.

“It’s going to rain and the water will be all over the place,” said Ed Talbot next to a golf club. “But as I say, ‘Pay the premium, button it up and wait for it to be over.'”

Some residents have already brought in outdoor furniture to prevent a “possible hurricane,” a National Weather Service forecaster wrote Wednesday night from turning into a missile. Many still remember the devastation of Hurricane Irma, which made landfall in southwestern Florida hundreds of miles away in 2017.

“If it’s as bad as (20)17, you know,” said Robert Krebs. “(2017) was the worst”

Irma since 2017

Ray videotaped Irma viciously attacking The Village in 2017.

The FOX Forecast Center has been tracking Ian and predicts the storm will make landfall somewhere between the Tampa Bay area and the state’s Big Bend area. A road heading northwards looks near the village.

“Villages are crossing their fingers that the deluge of rain and wind brought on by Hurricane Irma in 2017 will not be repeated,” Ray told FOX Weather.