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Life-threatening storm surge and catastrophic winds as Hurricane Ian approaches Florida

Posted: Tuesday, September 27, 2022. 6:28 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) have warned of life-threatening storm surge, catastrophic winds and flooding in the Florida Peninsula as Hurricane Ian approaches.

As of this evening, Hurricane Ian was located about 180 miles South-Southwest of Punta Gorda, Florida.

On the forecast track, the center of Ian is expected to pass west of the Florida Keys later tonight, and approach the west coast of Florida within the hurricane warning area on Wednesday and Wednesday  night.

Maximum sustained winds are near 120 mph (195 km/h) with higher gusts.  Ian is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.  

Hurricane Ian is forecast to continue to strengthen and approach the west coast of Florida as an extremely dangerous major hurricane.

Tropical storm conditions are occurring in the warning area in the Florida Keys, and will continue overnight.


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