2pm Sunday Update:

Tropical Storm Ian is expected to be a major hurricane in the eastern Gulf of Mexico during the middle of next week, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The 2pm update advisory stated that the tropical storm had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and was moving west-northwest at 12 mph.

The updated live track seems to look like the storm has continued to shift west. Regardless of Ian’s track, there is still risk of storm surge, hurricane-force winds, and heavy rainfall for the west coast of Florida and possibly Tampa Bay by the middle of next week. Residents should stay prepared and gather supplies and ensure they have a safe hurricane plan in place.

Many Tampa Bay counties are prepping and have opened sandbag locations. Click here to find a location near you.

Today’s weather in Tampa will be great so the good news is there’s plenty of time to take some precautions to prepare for the high winds, flooding and power outages that Ian will likely bring. Earlier this week, Denis Phillips compiled a list of common sense and some creative life hacks that could be helpful to make Ian’s visit less stressful and damaging.

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10 Florida Hurricane Life Hacks from Denis Phillips

  • Freeze a cup of water and put a coin on top.

    If the coin stayed on top after the power went out, your food stayed frozen!

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  • Get the laundry done!

    Denis points out that without air conditioning, anything dirty will start to stink your place up! And when the AC goes out, you’ll want clean sheets because you’ll be sweating a lot!

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  • Dig that OLD phone out.

    When you know the storm’s coming charge up those laptops, and OLD phones… not just the one you use now. Old phones call still call 911!

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  • Fill up trash cans with water.

    Use that water to flush toilets.

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  • Cook meat and perishable foods.

    Freeze cooked food too. Denis says he loves a hardboiled egg as a snack on that first day without power.

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  • Backpack it!

    Stuff all your important stuff in a backpack so it’s easy to grab in case you need to leave quickly.

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  • Hit the ATM!

    If power goes out for a while or systems go down, it’ll be good to have some cash on hand.

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  • Lower your AC in advance!

    This is certainly one I wouldn’t have thought of doing… but it makes sense. Higher temps in the room will lower the temp in your fridge to preserve those foods longer.

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  • Scrub!

    Hit the shower just before the storm’s about to hit.

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  • Unplug!

    Unplug your electronics because there will likely be power surges.

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