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.
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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.