Tom Brady donates to the Florida’s Hurricane Ian Catastrophe Fund and urges folks to do the identical after it emerges his Tampa Bay group WILL play in Florida this Sunday – regardless of coaching in Miami all week
Tom Brady has mentioned he’s going to make a donation to the Hurricane Ian Florida Catastrophe Fund and has inspired others to do the identical.
The legendary NFL determine took to Twitter to make the decision on Thursday, shortly after it emerged his Tampa Bay Buccaneers group will play on the Raymond James Stadium on Sunday night time in opposition to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.
The Bucs have spent the week working towards in Miami whereas the hurricane has struck.
Tom Brady has mentioned he’s going to make a donation to the Hurricane Ian Florida Catastrophe Fund
Brady took to Twitter to encourage others to make a donation to assist after Ian struck
Writing on Twitter, Brady mentioned: ‘Glad had been (sic) capable of head dwelling for Sunday night time, however so many individuals in Florida gained’t be capable to do the identical.
‘I’ll be making a donation to the Florida Catastrophe Fund to get issues began, and I’m hoping the remainder of the NFL household in our state will observe swimsuit.’
He did not say how a lot he would donate, however added: ‘Our neighbors help us endlessly, it’s time to return the favor.’
It was introduced earlier on Thursday that the Bucs could be internet hosting the Sunday night time recreation.
Brady’s group mentioned: ‘Our ideas and prayers stay with the various hundreds within the Southwest Florida area who’ve been severely impacted by Hurricane Ian.
‘We’re additionally very grateful that the Tampa Bay space was spared essentially the most damaging penalties of this highly effective storm.
‘We now have knowledgeable the NFL, after consulting with native and state businesses, that we’re able to play Sunday night time’s recreation in opposition to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium as initially scheduled.’
The group additionally thanked first responders ‘who’re already battling the weather, saving lives, and serving to our neighbors in these most impacted areas to our south.’
Rescue crews waded by means of flooded streets and used boats Thursday in a scramble to save lots of folks trapped after Hurricane Ian destroyed a cross-section of Florida and introduced torrential rains that inundated extra communities.
The destruction started to return into focus a day after Ian made landfall in Florida as one of many strongest hurricanes ever to hit to the US The storm flooded houses on each of the state’s coasts, reduce off the one bridge to a barrier island, destroyed a historic waterfront pier and knocked out electrical energy to 2.67 million Florida houses and companies. At the very least one man was confirmed useless.
‘We have by no means seen storm surge of this magnitude,’ Florida Governor Ron DeSantis informed a information convention. ‘The quantity of water that´s been rising, and can possible proceed to rise right now even because the storm is passing, is mainly a 500-year flooding occasion.’
The NFL goes to take its probabilities with Hurricane Ian by protecting Sunday night time’s Chiefs-Buccaneers recreation at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium (pictured)
Boats pictured scattered amidst cell houses after Ian struck the San Carlos space of Florida
Although downgraded to a tropical storm by Thursday morning, the Nationwide Hurricane Heart mentioned storm surge and flooding rains remained a menace as Ian crept throughout the Florida peninsula and emerged within the Atlantic Ocean north of Cape Canaveral.
Forecasters predicted a northward flip towards South Carolina, and a hurricane warning was issued for the state´s shoreline.
Sheriffs in southwest Florida mentioned 911 facilities had been inundated by hundreds of stranded callers, some with life-threatening emergencies. The US Coast Guard started rescue efforts round dawn on barrier islands close to the place the Ian struck, DeSantis mentioned. Hearth departments fanned out in flooded areas as nicely.