WATCH: Water recedes from Tampa Bay as Hurricane Ian approaches Florida coast

Hillsborough River also shows low water level

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla.Hurricane Ian churns Wednesday morning off the southwest coast of Florida as an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm packing sustained winds of 155 mph.

Further north along the coast, water can be seen receding from Tampa Bay.

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There’s also a very low water level with the Hillsborough River, which sits north of Tampa Bay.

According to reports, the strong winds are what push the water out of the bay. The water will begin flow back in with the storm surge.

This same occurrence happened back in 2017 with Hurricane Irma.

According to CBS News, about 2.5 million people were under mandatory evacuation orders as the hurricane started lashing Florida with heavy rain and tropical-storm-force winds in the early hours.

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