Tracking Ian into the Gulf

Published: Sep. 25, 2022 at 7:14 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 25, 2022 at 4:30 PM CDT
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Let’s get started with the latest on Tropical Storm Ian. This storm has been struggling today. At the 4 p.m. update, Ian had only 45 mph winds. Tomorrow as the storm tracks across the Caribbean, it will find more favorable conditions and grow in strength and eventually become Hurricane Ian.

The storm is forecast to track over the west end of Cuba into the Southern Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday. Once in the Gulf, a lot will depend on the strength of a cold front and some upper-level steering. The stronger the steering flow, the more to the east the storm will be turned towards the west coast of Florida. If there’s weak steering, and it will come farther west.

The National Hurricane Center has Ian making landfall late Thursday with the cone from around Destin in the west to Tampa in the east.

The aforementioned cold front will come through our area on Monday and the north winds behind it will be enhanced by Ian. If Ian stays far enough to the east, we will end up with really nice weather for much of next week with low humidity, gusty wind, lots of sunshine, and cooler fall temperatures.

Obviously, the farther west it tracks the more impacts our area will see. Be prepared and stay tuned as we get more information in the next few days.

Have a great week!

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