11:00 AM Update – September 28, 2022
The eyewall of the storm was moving onto Sanibel and Captiva Island, the National Hurricane Center said in a noon advisory. Ian had grown to near-Category 5 strength, blasting 155 mph winds and prompting mandatory evacuation orders for 2.5 million Floridians – although for those who have not yet fled it could be too late to leave.
A wind gust of 112 mph was measured at the Naples Grande Beach Resort at 12:34 p.m., the National Weather Service said.
11:00 AM Update – September 27, 2022
Ian’s path has been updated to make landfall south of Tampa Bay. Be advised the storm path is not absolute.
11:00 AM Update – September 28, 2022
000 WTNT64 KNHC 281659 TCUAT4 Hurricane Ian Tropical Cyclone Update NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL092022 100 PM EDT Wed Sep 28 2022 ...1 PM EDT IAN POSITION UPDATE... ...HURRICANE CONDITIONS SPREADING ACROSS PORTIONS OF SOUTHWESTERN FLORIDA... A River, Estuary, and Coastal Network station at Redfish Pass, Florida, recently reported sustained winds of 75 mph (121 km/h) and a wind gust of 100 mph (161 km/h), while a Weatherflow station near Sanibel Island, Florida, recently reported sustained winds of 77 mph (124 km/h) and a wind gust of 107 mph (172 km/h). The Earth Networks Station at the Naples Grande Beach Resort recently reported a wind gust of 112 mph (180 km/h.) The Redfish Pass station has also reported a pressure of 969 mb (28.61 inches). SUMMARY OF 100 PM EDT...1700 UTC...INFORMATION ---------------------------------------------- LOCATION...26.4N 82.4W ABOUT 35 MI...80 KM WSW OF FT MYERS FLORIDA ABOUT 45 MI...70 KM SW OF PUNTA GORDA FLORIDA MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...155 MPH...250 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...NNE OR 15 DEGREES AT 9 MPH...15 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...937 MB...27.67 INCHES $$ Forecaster Beven
11:00 AM Update – September 27, 2022
000 WTNT34 KNHC 271500 TCPAT4 BULLETIN Hurricane Ian Advisory Number 18 NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL092022 1100 AM EDT Tue Sep 27 2022 ...POWERFUL HURRICANE IAN EMERGES INTO THE SOUTHEASTERN GULF OF MEXICO... ...NEW WATCHES AND WARNINGS ISSUED FOR FLORIDA, GEORGIA AND SOUTH CAROLINA... SUMMARY OF 1100 AM EDT...1500 UTC...INFORMATION ----------------------------------------------- LOCATION...23.0N 83.5W ABOUT 305 MI...490 KM SSW OF SARASOTA FLORIDA ABOUT 125 MI...200 KM SSW OF THE DRY TORTUGAS MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...115 MPH...185 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...N OR 5 DEGREES AT 10 MPH...17 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...963 MB...28.44 INCHES WATCHES AND WARNINGS -------------------- CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY: A Storm Surge Warning has been issued for the U.S. east coast from Marineland Florida to the mouth of St. Mary's River including the St. Johns River, and the Dry Tortugas. Along the Florida west coast, a Storm Surge Warning has been issued from Suwanee River to Anclote River. A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the west coast of Florida from south of Bonita Beach to Chokoloskee. A Storm Surge Watch has been issued from the mouth of the St. Mary's River to South Santee River South Carolina. The Tropical Storm Warning along the U.S. east coast has been extended north to Altamaha Sound Georgia and south to Boca Raton Florida. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from south of Boca Raton to east of Flamingo Florida, for the upper Florida Keys and Florida Bay. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from north of Altamaha Sound to South Santee River South Carolina. SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT: A Hurricane Warning is in effect for... * Cuban provinces of Isla de Juventud, Pinar del Rio, and Artemisa * Bonita Beach to Anclote River, including Tampa Bay * Dry Tortugas A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for... * Suwanee River southward to Flamingo * Tampa Bay * Dry Tortugas * Marineland 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 * Suwannee River to the Anclote River * Flamingo to Bonita Beach * Lower and Middle Florida Keys * Boca Raton to Altamaha Sound * Lake Okeechobee A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for... * Florida Keys from the Card Sound Bridge westward to Key West * Florida Bay * Aucilla River to Suwanee River * Mouth of St. Mary's River to South Santee River * South of Marineland to the Volusia/Flagler county line A Hurricane Watch is in effect for... * North of Anclote River to Suwannee River * South of Bonita Beach to Chokoloskee A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for... * North of Suwannee River to Indian Pass * North of Altamaha Sound to South Santee River * South of Boca Raton to east of Flamingo * Upper Florida Keys * Florida Bay A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations. For a depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at hurricanes.gov. This is a life-threatening situation. Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions. Promptly follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials. A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion. A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life- threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours. A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours. For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by your national meteorological service. DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK ---------------------- At 1100 AM EDT (1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Ian was located near latitude 23.0 North, longitude 83.5 West. Ian is moving toward the north near 10 mph (17 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue today. A turn toward the north-northeast with a reduction in forward speed is forecast tonight and Wednesday. On the forecast track, the center of Ian is expected to move over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico in a couple of hours, pass west of the Florida Keys later today, and approach the west coast of Florida within the hurricane warning area on Wednesday and Wednesday night. Maximum sustained winds are near 115 mph (185 km/h) with higher gusts. Ian is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Re-strengthening is expected later today through Wednesday. Ian is forecast to approach the west coast of Florida as an extremely dangerous major hurricane. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km). The estimated minimum central pressure is 963 mb (28.44 inches) based on Air Force Hurricane Hunter data. HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND ---------------------- Key messages for Ian can be found in the Tropical Cyclone Discussion under AWIPS header MIATCDAT4 and WMO header WTNT44 KNHC and on the web at hurricanes.gov/text/MIATCDAT4.shtml. STORM SURGE: The combination of storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water could reach the following heights above ground somewhere in the indicated areas if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide... * Middle of Longboat Key to Bonita Beach, including Charlotte Harbor...8-12 ft * Bonita Beach to Chokoloskee...5-8 ft * Anclote River to Middle of Longboat Key, including Tampa Bay...5-8 ft * Suwannee River to Anclote River...4-6 ft * Mouth of the St. Mary's River to Altamaha Sound...4-6 ft * Chokoloskee to East Cape Sable...4-6 ft * Dry Tortugas...3-5 ft * Marineland to Mouth of the St. Mary's River, including St. Johns River...3-5 ft * Altamaha Sound to Savannah River...3-5 ft * St. Johns River south of Julington...2-4 ft * Savannah River to South Santee River...2-4 ft * Flagler/Volusia County Line to Marineland...2-4 ft * East Cape Sable to Card Sound Bridge...2-4 ft * Aucilla River to Suwannee River...2-4 ft * Patrick Air Force Base to Flagler/Volusia County Line...1-3 ft * Indian Pass to Aucilla River...1-3 The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast near and to the right of the center, where the surge will be accompanied by large waves. Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over short distances. For information specific to your area, please see products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office. Storm surge could raise water levels by as much as 4 to 6 feet above normal tide levels along the coast of western Cuba in areas of onshore winds in the hurricane warning area early today. WIND: Hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area in Cuba through early afternoon, with destructive winds likely for a few more hours. Tropical storm conditions are expected within the tropical storm warning area in Cuba today. Hurricane conditions are expected along the west coast of Florida within the Hurricane Warning area on Wednesday morning, with tropical storm conditions possibly beginning by late today. Tropical storm conditions are expected in the Tropical Storm Warning area along the southwest coast of the Florida peninsula by this evening, and along the west coast north of the Tampa Bay area and along portions of the east coast of Florida on Wednesday. Hurricane conditions are possible in the watch area beginning on Wednesday. Tropical storm conditions are expected in the warning area in the lower and middle Florida Keys beginning later today, and are possible in southeastern Florida in the Tropical Storm Watch area beginning this evening. Tropical storm conditions are expected in the Tropical Storm Warning area on the east coast of Florida beginning early Wednesday, spreading up to Georgia and South Carolina on Thursday. Tropical storm conditions are possible in the Tropical Storm Watch area in the Florida Big Bend area on Wednesday into early Thursday. RAINFALL: Ian is expected to produce the following rainfall through Thursday night: * Western Cuba: 6 to 12 inches, with isolated totals up to 16 inches. These rains may produce flash flooding and mudslides in areas of higher terrain over western Cuba. * Florida Keys and South Florida: 4 to 6 inches, with isolated totals up to 8 inches. * Central West Florida: 12 to 16 inches, with isolated totals up to 24 inches. * Northeast Florida and the remainder of the Central Florida Peninsula: 5 to 10 inches, with isolated totals up to 12 inches. * Heavy rainfall is expected to affect the southeastern United States Friday and Saturday. Widespread considerable flash and urban flooding are expected mid-to-late week across central and northern Florida, southern Georgia, and coastal South Carolina, with significant, prolonged river flooding expected across central to northern Florida. Flash and urban flooding are also expected with rainfall across southern Florida through mid week. Limited flash and river flooding is expected over portions of the southeastern United States into the Mid-Atlantic mid-to-late week. TORNADOES: Tornadoes are possible today through Wednesday across the Florida Keys and the southern and central Florida Peninsula. SURF: Swells generated by Ian are affecting the western Caribbean, and the Florida Keys, and will spread northward throughout the eastern Gulf of Mexico tonight and Wednesday. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Please consult products from your local weather office. NEXT ADVISORY ------------- Next intermediate advisory at 200 PM EDT. Next complete advisory at 500 PM EDT. $$ Forecaster Blake
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