I lived in the Tampa / St. Pete area of Florida for about 10 years in the mid-1990's. If a hurricane was to hit South Tampa, it would be a disaster. It's a very wealthy, but very low-lying area of the city, right on Tampa Bay. My wife's parents live in Lakeland, Florida, about an hour west of Orlando. There are a lot of people watching this hurricane very closely from Florida to Cape Cod.