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Former Northeast Ohioans tell 3News how Hurricane Ian is affecting their lives in Florida

Hannah Sartschev Cangelosi, formerly of Strongsville, made a new home in Orlando and will be experiencing her first hurricane.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Hurricane Ian landed on the west coast of Florida Wednesday as a cat. 4 hurricane. The storm surge has brought major flooding to coastal Florida cities like Fort Myers and Tampa, leaving devastation in its path.

For one Strongsville native, now residing in Orlando, preparations have already begun as Ian makes its way inland.

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"I know a lot of people have boarded up their houses if they don't have hurricane windows. Last I checked it's going to be a category one when it hits us. We are going to be the eye about 5 a.m." says former Northeast Ohio resident Hannah Sartschev Cangelosi.

Hannah made a new home in Orlando and will be experiencing her first hurricane. She says knows she has to be prepared, "We froze a lot of the water just in case so it's cold and we froze bags with water for ice."

In Tampa, Ian's 100+ mph winds drained Tampa Bay, leaving it completely exposed. When the water comes back in the form of a storm surge, it will be back with a vengeance. 

Brian McNulty lives there and has family in Northeast Ohio. He spoke with 3News over the phone Wednesday and said, "With this kind of wind I cant believe all of the power lines aren't down."

As far as schools go, Hannah says those are closed too, many being used to house those who can't find safety or have been displaced due to the catastrophic consequences of Ian. "I work as a teacher down here and they cancelled schools Tuesday through Friday in my district. They use a lot of the schools as shelters so they are kind of taking it day by day," she explains.

Disney World is closed and the Artemis rocket has been moved indoors. Residents have evacuated by the thousands in an effort to stay safe as Ian rips through the heart of Florida.

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