Retired Cleveland Anchor Living in Florida Describes Hurricane Ian as ‘Nasty’

By Kevin Eck 

Retired WJW anchor Bill Martin now lives in Florida and gave his former Cleveland Fox owned station an update as Hurricane Ian approached.

The anchor who retired in 2019, compared preparing for the hurricane to getting ready for a blizzard in Cleveland.

Martin lives between Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida and said he expected 120-mile-an-hour winds—and said there was already lot of flooding, when he recorded the video on Wednesday.


“We’re OK here,” he said. “So, we won’t get that much flooding. Our power lines are underground, but I imagine we’re going to lose power anyways.”

The AP said that Ian is one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the U.S. It has knocked out power to 2 million people and threatened catastrophic damage further inland.

“This is nasty,” he said and later added, “When the lights go out it gets a little scary.”