Southwest Florida Braces for a Potential Cat 4 Hurricane Ian

Photo: NOAA

Hurricane Ian is moving toward the north-northeast near 10 mph. Maximum sustained winds are near 120 mph with higher gusts. Ian is a category 3 hurricane and strengthening is expected until the hurricane makes landfall.

Ian is forecast to approach the west coast of Florida as an extremely dangerous major hurricane.On the forecast track, the center of Ian is expected to pass west of the Florida Keys within the next few hours, and approach the west coast of Florida within the hurricane warning area on Wednesday. The center of Ian is forecast to move over central Florida Wednesday night and Thursday morning and emerge over the western Atlantic by late Thursday.

The Tropical Storm Watch north of Altamaha Sound to South Santee

River is changed to a Tropical Storm Warning.


A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...

* Chokoloskee to Anclote River, including Tampa Bay

* Dry Tortugas

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for...

* Suwannee River southward to Flamingo

* Tampa Bay

* Dry Tortugas

* Flagler/Volusia Line to the mouth of the St. Mary's River

* St. Johns River

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...

* Cuban provinces of La Habana, Mayabeque, and Matanzas

* Indian Pass to the Anclote River

* All of the Florida Keys

* Flamingo to South Santee River

* Flamingo to Chokoloskee

* Lake Okeechobee

* Florida Bay

* Bimini and Grand Bahama Islands

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for...

* Florida Keys from the Card Sound Bridge westward to Key West

* Florida Bay

* Mouth of St. Mary's River to South Santee River

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