LATEST ON IAN’S TRACK
The National Hurricane Center confirmed Hurricane Ian made landfall near Cayo Costa, Florida, west-northwest of Fort Myers, Florida, at 2:05 p.m. on Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane, packing 150 mph winds.
The storm weakened moving across Central Florida, downgraded to a Category 1 storm, before moving off the east coast of Florida south of Cape Canaveral early Thursday. A wind gust of 89 mph was recorded at Melbourne.
The storm is predicted to remain offshore heading north off the Atlantic coast of Florida.
Atlantic coastal Georgia, South Carolina and Florida will also be looking at potential for storm surge, as the storm moves into the Atlantic east of Dayton Beach Thursday afternoon, with a second landfall near the Georgia-South Carolina border, likely a tropical storm or possibly a Category 1 hurricane, on Friday.
Tropical Storm Warnings are already in effect all the way up into the North Carolina coast, with Hurricane watches under effect all the way up into South Carolina in anticipation of the hurricane’s next US landfall.
CURRENT TRACK OF HURRICANE IAN:
Overnight the storm will continue to weaken as it moves across Florida and enters the Atlantic Thursday morning between Melbourne and Daytona Beach as a possible weak hurricane or likely a strong tropical storm.
The official NHC track takes the storm into the Atlantic Ocean Thursday and most of Friday as a tropical storm, and then pushing it back inland Friday evening between Savannah and Myrtle Beach.
The system will continue inland through South Carolina and North Carolina this weekend. While the storm would not be as much of a wind-maker, it would still produce heavy rainfall, slowing down near the Appalachians.
At a minimum, the remnants of Ian will increase cloud cover in the Ohio Valley this weekend, and likely bring showers to the area Saturday evening and into Sunday.
Storm Team 4 will continue to closely monitor the storm, and update this forecast.