Hurricane Ian Barrels Toward Florida as Extremely Dangerous Category 4 Storm
Florida’s Gulf Coast is bracing for impact from what’s being called a “life-threatening storm” as Hurricane Ian was expected to become a dangerous Category 4 hurricane before making landfall on Wednesday.
Capitol Rioter Kyle Young, a ‘One Man Wrecking Ball,' Gets 7-Year Prison Sentence Ian’s slowed over the Gulf, enabling the hurricane to grow wider and stronger.One concern for those stretching from the Keys to the Big Bend region will be storm surge.Hurricane Ian continues to intensify, and the National Hurricane Center said Tuesday the storm has increased to a Category 3 major hurricane.PHILADELPHIA - A VMSC Emergency Medical Services paramedic and EMT left their homes in Lansdale, Pennsylvania Tuesday morning and are in route to Florida to help the communities that have been damaged by major Hurricane Ian.
Winds exceeding tropical-storm strength of 39 mph had already reached Florida by 3 a.m.Storm Surge Watch Issued (WJXT) 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.Wednesday and hurricane-force winds were expected in Florida well in advance of the storm's eyewall moving inland, the Miami-based NHC center said.He also reiterated that millions of residents in the middle and northern regions of the state could also see power outages and flooding in the coming days."The impacts are going to be far, far broader than just where the eye of the storm happens to make landfall," Gov.Now the timing is everything when looking at these numbers.Ron DeSantis said at a news conference Tuesday.The local heroes are expected to arrive in Orlando around 2:30 a.
"In some areas there will be catastrophic flooding and life threatening storm surge.A dangerous combination.So if you’re on Florida’s Gulf Coast, from Naples all the way through the Tampa Bay area and some of the counties north of that, that could be something that happens and will certainly happen in some parts of Florida’s Gulf Coast,” DeSantis warned." Forecasters said the storm surge could reach 12 feet if it peaks at high tide.Rainfall near the area of landfall could top 18 inches.m, and 4:25 a.DeSantis urged people to prepare for extended power outages, and to get out of the storm's potential path.Charley was predicted to come ashore as a Category 2, maybe a 3 near Tampa Bay.“It is a big storm, it is going to kick up a lot of water as it comes in," DeSantis said at a news conference Tuesday in Sarasota, a coastal city of 57,000 in the storm's projected path.Thursday morning."It's what we do every day.
"And you’re going to end up with really significant storm surge and you’re going to end up with really significant flood events.And this is the kind of storm surge that is life threatening.This is why the forecast calls for 5-10 feet of surge.DeSantis said unlike Charley, which battered the state with strong winds, flooding and storm surge will be the main issue with Ian." A hurricane warning was issued for Florida's west coast from Chokoloskee to the Anclote River, including Tampa Bay, and the Dry Tortugas.A tropical storm warning was in effect for Indian Pass to the Anclote River, all of the Florida Keys, Flamingo to South Santee River, Flamingo to Chokoloskee, Lake Okeechobee, Florida Bay and for southeastern Florida from south of Boca Raton A storm surge warning was in effect for the Lower Florida Keys from Big Pine Key westward to Key West, Suwannee River southward to Flamingo, Tampa Bay, the Dry Tortugas, the Flagler/Volusia Line to the mouth of the St.The Florida Keys are forecast to see 4 to 6 inches.Mary's River, and the St.Before leaving, Paolini says he secured their first floor apartment and drove inland to his in-laws, whose home was already protected with metal window guards as they prepare for the extreme weather to come.
Johns River.The remainder of the Florida Peninsula: 3 to 8 inches.A storm surge watch is in effect for Florida Bay, the mouth of St.Mary's River to South Santee River, and south the Florida Keys from Card Sound Bridge westward to east of Big Pine Key.S.On the forecast track, the center of Ian is expected to pass west of the Florida Keys early Wednesday, 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.Copyright 2022 by WJXT News4JAX - All rights reserved.
Fort Myers is in the hurricane zone, and Tampa and St.Petersburg could get their first direct hit by a major hurricane since 1921.Pictures: Florida Braces for Hurricane Ian as Storm Makes Landfall in Cuba “People on the barrier islands who decide not to go, they do so at their own peril,” Roger Desjarlais, Lee County’s county manager, said early Tuesday.“The best thing they can do is leave." As many as 300,000 people may be evacuated from low-lying areas in Hillsborough County alone, county administrator Bonnie Wise said.
Some of those evacuations began Monday afternoon in the most vulnerable areas, with schools and other locations opening as shelters.“We must do everything we can to protect our residents.Time is of the essence,” Wise said.Lee County -- where Fort Myers is on Florida’s southwest Gulf Coast -- also issued mandatory evacuations early Tuesday for low-lying areas including Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel and Bonita Beach, where about 250,000 people live, after forecasters expanded the hurricane warning area.“With the kind of tidal surge we’re talking about, it would not be uncommon for both islands to be overwashed, and it’s a dangerous place to be,” Desjarlais said.
We cannot by law force people off the islands, but we strongly recommend that they go.” NBC 6's Chelsea Ambriz has more on how the area is dealing with flooding concerns even though it's not in the cone of concern.DeSantis said about 2.5 million people were under some type of evacuation order in the state.Tampa International Airport suspended all operations Tuesday afternoon due to the hurricane.
Travelers were advised to contact their airline for information.American Airlines, meanwhile, reduced fares for flights out of 20 airports in the region that may be impacted by the storm.The airline was also waving fees for checked baggage and carry-on pets to help those in the area to evacuate.Meanwhile flash flooding and urban flooding was possible with rainfall across the Florida Keys and the Florida peninsula through mid-week, NHC forecasters said.A few tornadoes are possible into Tuesday across the Florida Keys and the southern and central Florida peninsula.
Monroe County Emergency Management officials said they were working to advise residents on specific details about the impacts from Ian.In South Florida, schools in Miami-Dade and Broward were announcing closures this week due to Ian.All schools and offices in the Monroe County School District were closed Tuesday and would remain closed Wednesday due to the impacts of Hurricane Ian.Florida Power & Light was preparing more than 13,000 workers to assist with their response to Hurricane Ian, company officials said Monday.The power company said they were pre-positioning workers and supplies to respond to any outages from the hurricane, which was forecast to possibly make landfall along Florida's west coast later this week.
Although South Florida likely won't take a direct hit from , flooding was expected throughout the area over the next couple days.A flood watch was issued for most of South Florida and remained in effect until Thursday morning.Miami-Dade County crews have been working since last week conducting pre-storm inspections and lowering water levels across the county, Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said in a news conference Tuesday.The City of Miami opened its Emergency Operations Center at 9 a.m.
Tuesday to deal with expected flooding from Ian.Miami Mayor Francis Suarez reassured residents that all permanent water pumps are working, and , as needed.The Florida Keys are preparing for the impacts of Hurricane Ian.NBC 6's Jamie Guirola reports DeSantis activated the state's National Guard ahead of the storm's expected impact this week.The governor's declaration frees up emergency protective funding to address potential damage from storm surge, flooding, dangerous winds and other weather conditions throughout the state.
DeSantis expanded the declaration of a state of emergency Saturday to include the entire state.The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Monday night that the football team was relocating football operations to the Miami area in preparation for next weekend’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.The Florida Gators and UCF Knights moved their games to Sunday while the USF Bulls will now play their game Saturday in Boca Raton.NBC 6 and AP.
It’s like God’s sick of their shit too. 😂
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