Hurricane Ian now a major Category 3 storm
An intensifying Hurricane Ian is expected to grow wider and stronger and then slow down on its approach toward Florida’s Gulf coast which could prolong dangerous storm surge, winds and heavy rainfall, forecasters said.
BULLETIN Hurricane Ian Intermediate Advisory Number 17A NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL092022 800 AM EDT Tue Sep 27 2022 ...IAN BATTERING WESTERN CUBA WITH HIGH WINDS AND LIFE-THREATENING STORM SURGE..
On Florida’s east coast, a tropical storm warning was issued early Tuesday from Jupiter Inlet to the Volusia/Brevard County line including Lake Okeechobee, and a tropical storm watch was issued for Deerfield Beach north to Jupiter Inlet.
SUMMARY OF 800 AM EDT...1200 UTC...INFORMATION ---------------------------------------------- LOCATION...22.6N 83.6W ABOUT 10 MI...15 KM NNE OF THE CITY OF PINAR DEL RIO CUBA ABOUT 130 MI...240 KM SSW OF THE DRY TORTUGAS MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...125 MPH...205 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...N OR 360 DEGREES AT 12 MPH...19 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...950 MB...28.05 INCHES
Ian’s top winds increased to 115 mph, making it a major Category 3 storm, at about 2:30 a.m. ahead of a landfall in western Cuba. Ian came ashore southwest of the town of La Coloma at 4:30 a.m. with top winds at 125 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.
Ian won’t linger over Cuba but will slow down over the Gulf of Mexico, growing in size and intensity, “which will have the potential to produce significant wind and storm surge impacts along the west coast of Florida,” the hurricane center said.
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 the Anclote River, including Tampa Bay * Dry Tortugas A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for... * Anclote River southward to Flamingo * Tampa Bay A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for... * Cuban provinces of La Habana, Mayabeque, and Matanzas * Lower Florida Keys from Seven Mile Bridge westward to Key West * Flamingo to Bonita Beach * Suwannee River to the Anclote River * Volusia/Brevard County Line south to Jupiter Inlet * Lake Okeechobee A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for... * Florida Keys from the Card Sound Bridge westward to Key West * Dry Tortugas * Florida Bay * Aucilla River to Anclote River * Altamaha Sound to Flagler/Volusia County Line * Saint Johns River A Hurricane Watch is in effect for... * North of Anclote River to the Suwannee River A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for... * North of the Suwannee River to Indian Pass * Altamaha Sound to Volusia/Brevard County line * Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet
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