Ian Makes Landfall In Florida
After reaching winds of 155 mph earlier in the day Wednesday, Ian made landfall with slightly lower winds around 3:05 PM ET. It was a Category 4 hurricane at landfall with 150 mph winds. It essentially made landfall in the same spot that Hurricane Charley did back in 2004.
Ian will continue to track across Florida Wednesday night into Thursday, slowly weakening as it does so. Even while it is weakening, it will bring catastrophic flooding and damaging winds across the Florida Peninsula and a devastating storm surge along the coast. It will emerge into the Atlantic Thursday night, recurring northward into South Carolina as a tropical storm on Friday.
National Weather Forecast
Ian will continue to impact the Southeast on Thursday with high winds and flooding rains. Elsewhere, a system out west will produce storms and some higher elevation snow mixed in.
The heaviest rain through the end of the week will be in Florida where at least one to two feet of rain could fall courtesy of Ian. Surrounding that in the Southeast, at least 3-9” of rain could fall.
Ian smashes into southwest Florida with historic force
More from Yale Climate Connections: “Hurricane Ian powered ashore along the southwest Florida coast at Cayo Costa Island at 3:05 p.m. EDT September 28 as a category 4 storm with 150-mph winds, tying as the fifth-strongest hurricane on record to make a contiguous U.S. landfall. The mighty hurricane’s winds, storm surge, and flooding rain are all expected to cause catastrophic damage, and Ian will go down in history as one of the most damaging hurricanes of all time. Ian was pushing a catastrophic storm surge along its right side into the southwest Florida coast as it charged ashore. Winds circulating around Ian pushed water offshore late Tuesday night, but the flow quickly switched to onshore Wednesday morning, triggering sharp rises in water. The storm surge will peak on Wednesday afternoon, with the timing of peak inundation modulated to some extent by the astronomical tides. Storm surge will continue well into Wednesday evening, as Ian pulls northward and southwest winds continue to funnel water into the southwest-facing coastline and bays.”
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