Hurricane Ian is now a Category 4 storm with winds at 155 MPH. The eye is headed towards the Florida shoreline near the Port Charlotte-Punta Gorda area (Punta Gorda was previously destroyed by Hurricane Charlie).
The Tampa-St. Petersburg area, like with Hurricane Charlie, is being spared the worst parts of the storm. Airports in the Tampa Bay area will be able to reopen quickly after the passage of the storm to the south.
Airports in the region will be severely impacted. Punta Gorda and nearby Fort Myers airports are already closed.
The storm will continue inland and will later be close to Orlando. Orlando International Airport (MCO) is closing this morning at 10:30 am. Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB) is already closed.
Here is the 0700 report: