Ian strengthened into a hurricane on Monday morning and is forecast to rapidly intensify into a major hurricane as it nears Western Cuba Monday night, the National Hurricane Center said.

Hillsborough County Schedules News Conference A 10 a.m. To Discuss Evacuation Plans Ahead Of Hurricane Ian

Hillsborough County Emergency officials will host a news conference at 10 a.m. to discuss evacuation plans. 

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. – Hillsborough County Emergency officials will host a news conference at 10 a.m. to discuss evacuation plans. 

There will be a briefing from County Administrator Bonnie Wise, Hillsborough County Office of Emergency Management Director Timothy Dudley, and other elected officials.

All County facilities are closed today to support emergency operations. 

Update on Sandbag Operations  
Hillsborough County continues to make sandbags available to the public from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26.

Sandbags will be available at the following locations from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday Sept. 26:   

  • Edward Medard Conservation Park, 6140 Turkey Creek Rd., Plant City, FL 33567    
  • E.G. Simmons Conservation Park, 2401 19th Ave. NW, Ruskin, FL 33570  
  • Ed Radice Sports Complex, 14720 Ed Radice Dr., Tampa, FL 33626  

Hillsborough County residents are eligible for a maximum of 10 sandbags per family. Residents must show ID verifying they live in the county; a driver’s license or utility bill will serve as proper identification. 

Get Connected. Stay Alert.  
For more information on Hillsborough County’s response to Tropical Storm Ian, visit HCFLGov.net/StaySafe and sign up for the HCFL Alert system. Additionally, you can follow Hillsborough County on social media at Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor for updates.   

Residents without digital access are encouraged to call 833-HCSTORM or 833-427-8676, the County’s main information line, for information on Tropical Storm Ian or visit HCFLGov.net/StaySafe.  

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