Ian nears Florida as Category 3 hurricane
Update: 28th of September, 4:00 p.m. UTC
Hurricane Ian is just a few hours away from its expected landfall at 8 PM, local time, in Florida as a major high-end hurricane with wind speeds of 155 mph, just two miles shy of category 5 status. The eye of the storm is now beginning to move onshore.
A Hurricane warning has been issued for the east central Florida coast, where residents can expect hurricane conditions through the night as well as on Thursday and Friday in the area from northeastern Florida to portions of South Carolina.
Ian is likely to cause major to extreme flooding across Florida from the extensive rainfall that will spread across the peninsula and to the Southeast U.S. this week and on the weekend.
Catastrophic wind damage will begin today near landfall location along the southwestern coast of Florida, severe winds are expected to extend inland as the hurricane progresses forward. Residents should take all the necessary precautions!
Update: 28th of September, 00:30 a.m. UTC
Ian is nearing Florida as a category 3 storm. According to the latest forecast, it will move into the west coast of Florida and make landfall between Tampa and Fort Myers, tomorrow evening, local time.
The storm will bring hurricane-force winds and tropical storm conditions to the southwest and west central Florida beginning Wednesday morning.
Once it reaches land, the hurricane is expected to weaken into a tropical depression. Heavy rainfall will affect most of Florida and the Southeast U.S. for the next several days, causing flash, urban, and stream flooding.
High-risk area for life-threatening storm surge is from Naples to the Sarasota region, storm surge warning is in effect.
Update: 27th of September, 11:00 a.m. UTC
Hurricane Ian is passing over western Cuba as category 3 storm. Maximum sustained winds are 201 km/h.
Ian is slowly moving into the warm waters of Gulf of Mexico, which could possibly enhance its intensification and strike Florida as category 4 hurricane.
Update: 26th of September, 6:00 p.m. UTC
Hurricane Ian is rapidly intensifying as it is nearing Cuba today as a Category 1 hurricane with winds speeds of 129 km/h (80mph).
Western Cuba should prepare for tropical storm conditions, starting today and continuing into Tuesday. Life-threatening storm surge, flooding, and very strong winds are expected. Residents should take all the necessary precautions to stay safe.
Later in the week, the storm is predicted to move further northeastward and approach the southwest Florida coast, near Tampa, on Wednesday, likely as Category 4 hurricane.
Florida is on high alert as the hurricane will bring severe conditions to the west coast, the most affected areas are going to be Port Myers and Tampa Bay region.
Threats - Florida
Beginning Wednesday or possibly late Tuesday, residents can expect hurricane-force winds with life-threatening storm surge. Heavy rainfall will increase from Tuesday through Wednesday and Thursday into central and northern Florida.
Urban, flash, and small stream flooding is possible.
After hurricane Fiona, which was the strongest tropical storm of the Atlantic season, the latest forecast shows that we might have another tropical system underway, which could be a significant threat to the Gulf of Mexico in the following days.
Global models such as GFS, ECMWF, as well as ICON, predict that the tropical depression located east of the Caribbean Sea marked as 98I, will likely become the next tropical storm named Hermine.
In the next days, the tropical depression is forecast to pass along the Windward Islands and move west-northwestward into the Caribbean Sea.
The forecast for the next week predicts the storm to enter the Gulf of Mexico, move across the northwest parts of Cuba and make landfall on the Peninsula of Florida by September 30 as a major hurricane.
The situation is still unclear, but it is certainly something to keep an eye on!
@Korina Nice early attention.