Hurricane Ian to enter southern Gulf on Tuesday

Published: Sep. 26, 2022 at 5:14 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 26, 2022 at 12:15 PM CDT
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MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Hi, this is FOX10 News Meteorologist Matt Barrentine.

Let’s get started with the latest on now Hurricane Ian. This storm is rapidly gaining strength. Ian now has hurricane force winds at 75 mph. As the storm tracks across the Caribbean, it will continue to grow in strength and eventually become a major hurricane as it approaches the western tip of Cuba.

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. Most of the models are now favoring a more easterly track that would bring most of the impacts to the west coast of Florida.

The National Hurricane Center has Ian making landfall late Thursday or early Friday. The cone still extends from Destin in the west to Fort Myers in the east with the center focused on the Big Bend region where the Florida Peninsula meets the Panhandle.

The aforementioned cold front will come through our area today, 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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