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Day-after photos show Tampa Bay was largely spared from Hurricane Ian

The storm, initially headed for Tampa Bay, ravaged the southern Gulf coast instead.
Harold Walker cuts a tree that fell during the Hurricane Ian that blocks the front path to his house, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Tampa.
Harold Walker cuts a tree that fell during the Hurricane Ian that blocks the front path to his house, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Tampa. [ JEFFEREE WOO | Times ]
Published Sep. 29

Aside from fallen trees and debris, some light structural damage and loss of power in many areas, the Tampa Bay region was spared from Hurricane Ian’s harshest winds and storm surge.

Ian’s winds, just shy of Category 5 strength, devastated the Gulf Coast of Florida where it made landfall near Fort Myers.

Residents all over Tampa Bay evaluated the damage on Thursday. The water is flowing back into the bay, bridges are opening up and cities are lifting evacuation orders. In many areas cleanup has begun and line crews are already working to restore power.

The storm left Tampa Bay soggy, disheveled and breathing a sigh of relief.

One of several traffic lights out Thursday in St. Petersburg as a result of strong wind and rain from Hurricane Ian, which made landfall Wednesday in Cayo Costa .
One of several traffic lights out Thursday in St. Petersburg as a result of strong wind and rain from Hurricane Ian, which made landfall Wednesday in Cayo Costa . [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
A large tree lies blocking a residential road in Coquina Key, with a cable underneath, as a result of strong wind and rain from Hurricane Ian.
A large tree lies blocking a residential road in Coquina Key, with a cable underneath, as a result of strong wind and rain from Hurricane Ian. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
A tree lays across a traffic lane on Fourth Street South on Thursday in St. Petersburg, the result of strong wind and rain from Hurricane Ian.
A tree lays across a traffic lane on Fourth Street South on Thursday in St. Petersburg, the result of strong wind and rain from Hurricane Ian. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
Windy conditions are pictured Thursday along the Gandy Bridge as a result of Hurricane Ian.
Windy conditions are pictured Thursday along the Gandy Bridge as a result of Hurricane Ian. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
A dental office sign leans over as a result of strong wind and rain from Hurricane Ian on Thursday in St. Petersburg.
A dental office sign leans over as a result of strong wind and rain from Hurricane Ian on Thursday in St. Petersburg. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
A line crew works Thursday in St. Petersburg to restore power lost as a result of strong wind and rain from Hurricane Ian.
A line crew works Thursday in St. Petersburg to restore power lost as a result of strong wind and rain from Hurricane Ian. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
A line crew works to restore power lost as a result of strong wind and rain from Hurricane Ian on Thursday in St. Petersburg.
A line crew works to restore power lost as a result of strong wind and rain from Hurricane Ian on Thursday in St. Petersburg. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
The Wish Tree at the Dali Museum garden was pushed over by strong winds from Hurricane Ian.
The Wish Tree at the Dali Museum garden was pushed over by strong winds from Hurricane Ian. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Dianne Williams, 56, and her grandson Kevon Fish, 11, check on the damage caused by a fallen tree at their neighbor’s house due to winds from Hurricane Ian at 1441 MLK Jr. St. N. on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022 in St. Petersburg.
Dianne Williams, 56, and her grandson Kevon Fish, 11, check on the damage caused by a fallen tree at their neighbor’s house due to winds from Hurricane Ian at 1441 MLK Jr. St. N. on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022 in St. Petersburg. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
The street remains blocked as a tree fell on a car on 6th Street N just south of 7th Ave N due to winds from Hurricane Ian on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022 in St. Petersburg.
The street remains blocked as a tree fell on a car on 6th Street N just south of 7th Ave N due to winds from Hurricane Ian on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022 in St. Petersburg. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Susan Hilton, 65, of St.Petersburg, talks about Hurricane Ian on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Pass-a-Grille Beach. Hurricane Ian knocked down cables, signs, and trees along the barrier islands.
Susan Hilton, 65, of St.Petersburg, talks about Hurricane Ian on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Pass-a-Grille Beach. Hurricane Ian knocked down cables, signs, and trees along the barrier islands. [ ANGELICA EDWARDS | Times ]
A cable droops at Gulf Boulevard & 134th Avenue West on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Madeira Beach. Hurricane Ian knocked down cables, signs, and trees along the barrier islands.
A cable droops at Gulf Boulevard & 134th Avenue West on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Madeira Beach. Hurricane Ian knocked down cables, signs, and trees along the barrier islands. [ ANGELICA EDWARDS | Times ]
John Petrilena, 63, an employee at the Penthouse Beach Club, talks Thursday about extreme wind brought by Hurricane Ian in Treasure Island. Hurricane Ian knocked down cables, signs, and trees along the barrier islands.
John Petrilena, 63, an employee at the Penthouse Beach Club, talks Thursday about extreme wind brought by Hurricane Ian in Treasure Island. Hurricane Ian knocked down cables, signs, and trees along the barrier islands. [ ANGELICA EDWARDS | Times ]
A police car parked next to a fallen cable at Gulf Boulevard & 134th Avenue West on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Madeira Beach. Hurricane Ian knocked down cables, signs, and trees along the barrier islands.
A police car parked next to a fallen cable at Gulf Boulevard & 134th Avenue West on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Madeira Beach. Hurricane Ian knocked down cables, signs, and trees along the barrier islands. [ ANGELICA EDWARDS | Times ]
Choppy water remains on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Pass-a-Grille Beach. Hurricane Ian knocked down cables, signs, and trees along the barrier islands.
Choppy water remains on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Pass-a-Grille Beach. Hurricane Ian knocked down cables, signs, and trees along the barrier islands. [ ANGELICA EDWARDS | Times ]
A fallen sign leans against a bench outside the Sea Palms Motel & Polynesian Putter on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in St. Pete Beach. Hurricane Ian knocked down cables, signs, and trees along the barrier islands.
A fallen sign leans against a bench outside the Sea Palms Motel & Polynesian Putter on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in St. Pete Beach. Hurricane Ian knocked down cables, signs, and trees along the barrier islands. [ ANGELICA EDWARDS | Times ]
A fallen light pole near a parked vehicle lies outside a Winn-Dixie on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in South Pasadena. Hurricane Ian knocked down cables, signs, and trees along the barrier islands.
A fallen light pole near a parked vehicle lies outside a Winn-Dixie on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in South Pasadena. Hurricane Ian knocked down cables, signs, and trees along the barrier islands. [ ANGELICA EDWARDS | Times ]
A fallen tree lies in the parking lot of a Publix on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in St. Pete Beach. Hurricane Ian knocked down cables, signs, and trees along the barrier islands.
A fallen tree lies in the parking lot of a Publix on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in St. Pete Beach. Hurricane Ian knocked down cables, signs, and trees along the barrier islands. [ ANGELICA EDWARDS | Times ]
Kristy and Jim Hines, of Tampa, look at a tree that fell down at Ballast Point Park on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Tampa.
Kristy and Jim Hines, of Tampa, look at a tree that fell down at Ballast Point Park on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Tampa. [ JEFFEREE WOO | Times ]
A canopy structure lies fallen near the 4400 block of West Kennedy Blvd. on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Tampa.
A canopy structure lies fallen near the 4400 block of West Kennedy Blvd. on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Tampa. [ JEFFEREE WOO | Times ]
Tony Sasso, 44, of Tampa, cleans up tree branches left from Hurricane Ian near the 3700 block of West Santiago Street on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Tampa.
Tony Sasso, 44, of Tampa, cleans up tree branches left from Hurricane Ian near the 3700 block of West Santiago Street on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Tampa. [ JEFFEREE WOO | Times ]
A fallen tree lies near the 3700 block of West Santiago Street on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Tampa.
A fallen tree lies near the 3700 block of West Santiago Street on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Tampa. [ JEFFEREE WOO | Times ]

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Tampa Bay Times Hurricane coverage

TAMPA BAY CLOSURES: What to know about bridges, roads in Ian’s aftermath

WHEN THE STORM HAS PASSED: Now what? Safety tips for returning home.

POST-STORM QUESTIONS: After Hurricane Ian, how to get help with fallen trees, food, damaged shelter.

WEATHER EFFECTS: Hurricane Ian was supposed to slam Tampa Bay head on. What happened?

WHAT TO DO IF HURRICANE DAMAGES YOUR HOME: Stay calm, then call your insurance company.

SCHOOLS: Will schools reopen quickly after Hurricane Ian passes? It depends.

SELF-CARE: Protect your mental health during a hurricane.

IT’S STORM SEASON: Get ready and stay informed at tampabay.com/hurricane.

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