Hurricane Ian forces Florida flight cancellations, class cancellations and NFL workout relocations

Storm preparations were in full swing in Florida on Monday with Hurricane Ian on the horizon as officials announced widespread school closures, flight cancellations and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers moved training to Miami.

Traffic also came to a standstill on major highways in the Sunshine State, with more than 300,000 residents ordered to evacuate before Ian arrived.

Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for all of Florida before Hurricane Ian made landfall later in the week. The storm could become a Category 4 hurricane Tuesday night over the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to bring coastal flooding, heavy rains and high winds to the Sunshine State.

Hurricane Ian is expected to bring rain, flooding and surf to the country.
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Tampa is expected to be one of the hardest hit areas.

Tampa International Airport will close and suspend all flights beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday, allowing staff to prepare the airfield and secure equipment ahead of the storm.

Residents of Tampa and the larger Hillsborough County as well as Pinellas, Sarasota, Charlotte and Hernando counties have been affected by mandatory evacuation orders.

A woman is spotted getting gas for a road trip amid evacuation orders from Florida following Hurricane Ian.

A woman is spotted getting gas for a road trip amid evacuation orders from Florida following Hurricane Ian.


A man prepares plywood to protect the windows of his home ahead of Tropical Storm Ian in South Tampa on September 26, 2022.

A man prepares plywood to protect the windows of his home ahead of Tropical Storm Ian in South Tampa on September 26, 2022.


Local residents fill sandbags as Hurricane Ian threatens Florida on September 26, 2022.

Local residents fill sandbags as Hurricane Ian threatens Florida on September 26, 2022.


Floridians fleeing the city created a traffic jam on Interstate 4 heading west to Tampa, with live video showing cars’ brake lights illuminating the sky at 10 p.m. in bumper-to-bumper traffic shocks.

Schools in 24 counties have announced multi-day closures, while college classes at Florida State University, University of Central Florida and University of South Florida are canceled.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks alongside Kevin Guthrie, Florida Division of Emergencies Director, Sept. 26, 2022, in Largo, Florida.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks alongside Kevin Guthrie, Florida Division of Emergencies Director, Sept. 26, 2022, in Largo, Florida.
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers moved training from Tampa to Miami ahead of the storm, though it’s unclear if the NFL team will reschedule or move the Buccaneers’ game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Statewide, about 5,000 members of the Florida National Guard are ready for action, along with another 2,000 troops from Tennessee and Georgia.

Ian is expected to pass west of the Florida Keys later Tuesday before heading to the Gulf Coast of Florida between Wednesday and Thursday.