Hurricane Ian sets its eye on West Coast and Central Florida

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Hurricane Ian sets its eye on West Coast and Central Florida

In the most recent update from the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Ian looks to be heading straight towards the West Coast and Central Florida.

Hurricane Ian continued to rapidly intensify through early Tuesday morning, strengthening into a major Category 3 hurricane as it approached Cuba.

It is expected to move west of the Florida Keys later Tuesday and head for the west coast and central Florida as a major hurricane by Wednesday night.

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Hurricane Ian sets its eye on West Coast and Central Florida

At 800 AM EDT (1200 UTC), the center of Hurricane Ian was located by NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft, Cuban and Key West radar data near latitude 22.6 North, longitude 83.6 West. Ian is moving toward the north near 12 mph (19 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue
today. A turn toward the north-northeast with a reduction in forwarding speed is forecast tonight and Wednesday. On the forecast track, the center of Ian is expected to emerge over the southeastern The 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 estimated near 125 mph (205 km/h) with higher gusts. Ian is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Little change in strength is expected while Ian moves over Cuba. Strengthening is expected later this morning after Ian emerges over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. Ian is forecast to approach the west coast of Florida as a 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 115 miles (185 km).

If you haven’t been keeping an eye on all of the Hurricane Ian news here is a roundup of the latest:

As always for the most up-to-date coverage visit the National Hurricane Center Website.


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