Hurricane Ian entered the southeastern Gulf of Mexico late Tuesday morning, 11 a.m. ET advisory from the National Hurricane Center.
Ian’s winds fell only slightly, to 115 mph, due to a pass through western Cuba, which holds the storm as Category 3. Ian is expected to strengthen again later today and become Category 4. before the end of the day. .
The expected track for Ian has shifted about 25 miles south according to the latest advice, with the landing expected to happen north of Venice, Florida, about 6 to 12 hours earlier than previously predicted. Ian is still expected to be a major storm when it makes landfall around 8 p.m. local time on Wednesday.
“According to forecasts, the center of Ian is expected to move across the southeastern Gulf of Mexico within hours, passing west of the Florida Keys later today, and approaching Florida’s west coast in the region. storm warning for Wednesday and Wednesday night,” the center said.
This also changes the expected peak increase, with the highest expected increase of 8 to 12 feet, occurring south of Tampa Bay and north of Bonita Beach, including Charlotte Harbor and the cities. Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda streets. Storm surge in and around Tampa Bay, including St. Petersburg and Clearwater, is expected to remain between 5 and 8 feet.
“Ian is forecast to approach the west coast of Florida as an extremely dangerous major hurricane,” the center said.
Ian was moving north at 10 mph and “north-northeast is forecast with a reduced forward speed tonight and Wednesday,” it said.
“This is a life-threatening situation,” it insisted.
“People living in these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from surges and the possibility of other hazardous conditions. Follow the instructions promptly. evacuation and other instructions from local authorities,” the advisory said.