Tampa Bay Buccaneers Expected To Move To South Florida Amid Threat Of Hurricane Ian

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With Hurricane Ian threatening to make landfall in Florida as a potential category four storm, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced that the team will reportedly be taking shelter in South Florida in order to move out of the way of the hurricane’s projected path.

Monday night was when the official hurricane warning was issued for Tampa Bay. The weather forecasters have reported that Tuesday afternoon could be the earliest that Tampa Bay could start to see the impacts of Hurricane Ian. The team will officially leave Tampa on Tuesday, and will utilize the Miami Dolphins’ Baptist Health Training Complex as its practice field for the next week if deemed necessary. The Bucs and Dolphins hosted a joint practice session together for two days during training camp.

On the latest edition of his Let’s Go! podcast, Bucs quarterback Tom Brady talked about the serious threat Hurricane Ian poses and how frightening it can be no matter how much preparation is done ahead of time.

“I don’t think that anyone’s really prepared for this. I know I’ve been preparing all morning and get all my stuff outside, try to put it inside, try to get all the stuff on the ground level up a little bit higher. I’m right here on the bay so they’re talking about pretty high storm surges and it’s a scary thing. I will say that it’s a scary thing when it really hits your doorstep.”

The Bucs are still currently slated to host the Kansas City Chiefs for week four of Sunday Night Football at home in Raymond James Stadium. Officials say the National Football League is continuing its monitoring of the situation closely, should the game need to be relocated. Should the Buccaneers be unable to host the Chiefs, Miami has not been named a likely site despite the Dolphins playing the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday. Officials say that the league has no desire to risk occupying state resources that could better be used on relief efforts after Hurricane Ian has passed.

ESPN has more HERE.