Although it’s still a tropical storm, Southwest Florida residents aren’t taking any chances on a storm that’s likely to become Hurricane Ian. People are taking to the stores and emptying the shelves of the essentials. I made the trip to Publix in Estero Saturday afternoon to have a look at what people were buying the most. Water, Gatorade, and toilet paper. Have a look:
One employee was trying to restock the water aisle with a pallet of Dasani, but the customers would not wait. They were taking the cases of water from him before he even had a chance to stock the shelves. Everyone was very polite about it, but clearly they’re preparing for the worst.
The Publix at Fiddlesticks is just piling water in the aisle.
So what can we expect with Hurricane Ian?
Right now, as of 4pm on Saturday? Nothing. The storm is forecast to miss us and head to Tampa. Many models are now showing a track even further north. If these models hold up, we may not feel effects from the storm at all.
Latest Saturday 18z spaghetti models are in. Another shift west. Florida panhandle paying close attention I hope. New NHC track comes out at 5pm. Latest 12z EURO east outlier near Tampa Bay. Lots to watch. https://t.co/Hk3pbO7x8H #Ian #tropics #flwx pic.twitter.com/zhWVvyfrR4— Mike's Weather Page (@tropicalupdate) September 24, 2022
So what do I do with all this water? Store it? We have about another month of waiting and watching this hurricane season. I’m tapping into my hurricane supplies tonight, but I didn’t buy cases of water. Kirkland vodka.
Can Ian Still make a turn toward Southwest Florida?
Absolutely. I’ll be watching every update from the National Hurricane Center. NBC2 does a great job in covering storms, so if the situation changes that’s where I go. Meanwhile, I have 5 empty gas cans and a generator in it’s box waiting to see if they’ll be needed next week. As of right now, they’re staying in the garage. Here’s a link to our Hurricane Guide should we need it.