Tracking Hurricane Ian
(WALA) - All eyes are on major Hurricane Ian as it tracks across the southeastern Gulf. It has the potential to ramp up to Category 4 storm tonight and Wednesday.
Direct impacts along the southern and western sections of the Florida Peninsula are expected Wednesday. The NHC forecast cone remains east of our area and focuses between Boca Grande and Tampa/Clearwater. Storm surge values in the 8-12 foot range are possible near the center. Flooding is also a major concern for central Florida as Ian slows down.
Our local impacts will include a high risk of rip currents at our beaches starting Wednesday. Winds could gust out of the north to 35 mph Wednesday through Friday, with lower-than-normal tides by the end of the week.
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A strong early fall front is bringing some nice early fall weather to the Gulf Coast. Our local pattern looks mild, breezy and dry this week. The nights will be much cooler with lows near 60. Rain chances remain low on the drier west side of Ian. Highs will be in the low to mid-80s.
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