Tampa Bay Lightning postpones preseason games against Carolina Hurricanes, Nashville Predators due to Ian

The Tampa Bay Lightning had been set to face the Carolina Hurricanes for the first game of the preseason, but their next two games will be postponed due to Hurricane Ian.

The Bolts were scheduled to play the Hurricanes inside Amalie Arena on Wednesday, Sept. 28. Their game against the Nashville Predators on Thursday, Sept. 29 is also postponed. 

Monday, the Lightning said the rescheduled dates will be announced at a later time. Tickets for postponed games will be honored for the rescheduled dates.

As of Monday, Tampa and St. Petersburg appeared to be among the most likely targets for their first direct hit by a major hurricane since 1921.

"Please treat this storm seriously. It’s the real deal. This is not a drill," Hillsborough County Emergency Management Director Timothy Dudley said at a news conference on storm preparations in Tampa.