WATCH: Traffic light ripped out by Hurricane Ian smashes past cops

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A Tampa traffic light did not survive Hurricane Ian’s high winds, police say.

In an attempt to warn residents, the Tampa Police Department released video showing a traffic light falling off its line due to high winds brought by Hurricane Ian.

Video showed the light swaying a bit before it crashed to the ground in front of police officers. Officers then removed the broken traffic light from the road.

“There are live wires,” the department wrote. “It’s 𝙉𝙊𝙏 time to venture out.”

While Tampa suffered less impact from Hurricane Ian, the city was not spared damage.

Power lines on Himes Avenue, south of MLK Boulevard. (Tampa Police Department)

Downed power lines sparked several fires, according to the head of Tampa Fire Rescue, and police said they saw downed trees and lines across the city.

Tampa city officials urged residents to shelter in place as they expected worse storm conditions through Wednesday night.

Early Thursday morning, the National Weather Service downgraded Hurricane Ian to a tropical storm after its maximum sustained wind speeds fell to 65 mph.

The storm made landfall near Cayo Costa, Florida just after 3 p.m. Wednesday as a powerful Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds measured at 150 mph. By 2 a.m. Thursday it had weakened to a Category 1 with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.

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