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Tampa residents prepare for Hurricane Ian

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:ASSOCIATED PRESSTampa, Florida - 27 September 20221. Various of Gil Gonzalez boarding up his home2. Wide of neighborhood Westshore Palms neighborhoodANNOTATION: It's been over a century since a major storm has struck the Tampa Bay area.3. Various of Gil Gonzalez boarding up his home with his wifeANNOTATION: Gil Gonzalez has lived in the Westshore Palms neighborhood for 30 years and is planning to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Ian.4. SOUNDBITE (English) Gil Gonzalez, Tampa resident:++PARTIALLY COVERED++"So this one is you know, it's a little tricky just trying to calculate the best time to leave. We are leaving, but I'm trying to assess how much water risk, how much wind risk when it looked like it's turning south a little earlier, it's time to maybe put up the plywood. We've got sandbags and all kinds of anti-flooding devices that we're going to set up here in a little while."5. People boarding up homeANNOTATION: Many live in low-lying neighborhoods that are highly susceptible to storm surge and flooding.6. SOUNDBITE (English) Gil Gonzalez, Tampa resident:++PARTIALLY COVERED++"I've got elderly parents and my mother-in-law, she's spending the night with one of her other children. She was staying with us. So I just, I just worry that we're not miscalculating, but I think they're on higher ground. They're up there near Busch Gardens area. So I think, I think she's okay. My parents have a place to go. They're going to be okay. I have a place to go. We'll be okay. It's just a matter of when. But I'm almost finished here, so could be soon."7. Various of people boarding up homeSTORYLINE:It's been over a century since a major storm like Hurricane Ian has struck the Tampa Bay area, which blossomed from a few hundred thousand people in 1921 to more than 3 million today. Many of these people live in low-lying neighborhoods that are highly susceptible to storm surge and flooding they have rarely before experienced, which some experts say could be worsened by the effects of climate change. "We are leaving, but I'm trying to assess how much water risk, how much wind risk when it looked like it's turning south a little earlier, it's time to maybe put up the plywood. We've got sandbags and all kinds of anti flooding devices that we're going to set up here in a little while," said Gil Gonzalez who has lived in the Westshore Palms neighborhood in Tampa for 30 years.The problem confronting the region is that storms approaching from the south, as Hurricane Ian is on track to do, push huge volumes of water up into shallow Tampa Bay and are likely to inundate homes and businesses with up to 10 feet of storm surge.AP Video shot by Cody Jackson===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.

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