Hurricane Ian Update (9/26/2022)

Hurricane Ian continues to rapidly strengthen as it makes its way further north through Cuba into the Gulf Of Mexico. Ian continues show signs of strengthening into a major hurricane by early Tuesday, and could impact portions of western/southwestern Florida as a major hurricane, bringing dangerous weather conditions to coastal areas, potentially around the Tampa region by late Wednesday.

As of 10:00 a.m. Central Time this morning, the City of Tampa announced mandatory evacuation orders for Zone A areas in Hillsborough County Florida. A voluntary evacuation order has been issued for Zone B.

As of this morning (10:00 a.m. 9/26/2022), the latest storm surge forecast for coastal areas in southern/southwestern Florida shows the potential for significant storm surge from the Anclote River, to Tampa Bay, to Middle of Longboat key, where forecasted storm surge could peak around 5-10 feet. Areas from Englewood to Bonita beach could see storm surge around 5-9 feet.

In addition to storm surge concerns, hurricane conditions with significant rainfall, and hurricane force winds are likely over the next few days as Ian makes its way further north, and as it makes landfall along the western/southwestern Florida coast. Below is the latest rainfall projections for the day 1-3 forecasting period, as well as timing for hurricane force winds.

If you live near the Tampa area, or within the forecast cone for Hurricane Ian, please stay tuned to local authorities for any evacuation orders, updates, and forecast details in the coming days as Ian gets closer to landfall. Please develop or review your hurricane safety plan.

And be sure to tune in to trusted weather sources like the National Hurricane Center, local official and weather media, and your local National Weather Service for the most updated, trustworthy, and reliable information.

Above is a map showing what National Weather Service office’s service what areas. Bellow are links to forecast offices in the path of Hurricane Ian.

NWS Office Websites in the path of this potential major hurricane are the following:

National Weather Service Tampa Florida

National Weather Service Miami Florida

National Weather Service Melbourne Florida

National Weather Service Tallahassee

National Weather Service Jacksonville Florida

View live tropical outlooks and maps on our website with the links below:

Tropical MapsTropical outlooksStay tuned for the latest.- Joshua Wisel

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