Hurricane Ian Passing Over Western Cuba

National Hurricane Center 8am update:

At 800 AM EDT (1200 UTC), the center of Hurricane Ian was located by NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft, Cuban and Key West radar data near latitude 22.6 North, longitude 83.6 West. Ian is moving toward the north near 12 mph (19 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue today. A turn toward the north-northeast with a reduction in forward speed is forecast tonight and Wednesday. On the forecast track, the center of Ian is expected to emerge over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico in a couple of hours, pass west of the Florida Keys later today, and approach the west coast of Florida within the hurricane warning area on Wednesday and Wednesday night.

Maximum sustained winds are estimated near 125 mph (205 km/h) with higher gusts. Ian is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Little change in strength is expected while Ian moves over Cuba. Strengthening is expected later this morning after Ian emerges over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. Ian is forecast to approach the west coast of Florida as a dangerous major hurricane.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 950 mb (28.05 inches) based on NOAA Hurricane Hunter data.



Key messages for Ian can be found in the Tropical Cyclone Discussion under AWIPS header MIATCDAT4 and WMO header WTNT44 KNHC and on the web at

STORM SURGE: The combination of storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water could reach the following heights above ground somewhere in the indicated areas if

the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide...

* Anclote River to Bonita Beach, FL including Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor...5-10 ft

* Suwannee River to Anclote River... 5-8 ft

* Bonita Beach, FL to Chokoloskee, FL... 4-7 ft

* Chokoloskee, FL to East Cape Sable, FL...3-5 ft

* Flagler/Volusia County Line, FL to Altamaha Sound including St. Johns River...2-4 ft

* East Cape Sable, FL to Card Sound Bridge, FL including Florida Bay...2-4 ft

* Aucilla River to Suwannee River...2-4 ft

* Florida Keys including the Dry Tortugas...2-4 ft

* Indian Pass, FL to Aucilla River...1-3 ft

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