Hurricane Ian makes landfall in Florida
Hurricane Ian makes landfall in Florida
Hurricane Ian made landfall near Sanibel, Florida, this afternoon as an intense category four storm with winds up to 155 miles per hour (mph). Moreover, devastating storm surge up to 18 feet in depth was measured in Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda, Florida. People are reporting widespread power outages through central Florida. These could last for weeks in the worst-hit areas. In addition, wind gusts over 170 mph were directly measured along the coastline as Ian’s eyewall raked the coast early Wednesday afternoon.
Dear lord. The eye is clearing out. This really is reminiscent of Michael in so many ways. I am just stunned. pic.twitter.com/tHowQNuCRB
— Matthew Cappucci (@MatthewCappucci) September 28, 2022
Unbelievable amount of lightning as Ian approaches landfall. Intensifying right up to the end pic.twitter.com/g1zwRHtOwV
— Peter Forister ????? (@forecaster25) September 28, 2022
Ian’s impact on Florida’s West Coast
As of now, strong winds and an incredible storm surge are already impacting the Florida Gulf Coast. As a result, homes are floating off foundations in Fort Myers Beach.
— Moshe Schwartz (@YWNReporter) September 28, 2022
Likewise, the Weather Channel’s Mike Seidel found himself in the eyewall of the hurricane.
— Mike Seidel (@mikeseidel) September 28, 2022
*RARE* first person view of storm surge. This camera is 6 feet off the ground on Estero Blvd in Fort Myers Beach, FL. Not sure how much longer it keeps working. You’ll see it live only on ?@weatherchannel? #Ian pic.twitter.com/WwHtvgVxjY
— Mike Bettes (@mikebettes) September 28, 2022
Run from the water, hide from the wind. Cars completely submerged.
Storm surge climbing in Naples, #Florida. High tide at 2:50PM ET.
Storm surge 8-12ft with waves on top expected in Naples.
— Scot Pilié (@ScotPilie_Wx) September 28, 2022
The EarthCam live stream out of Englewood, FL 2 minutes before the camera went dead.
This video is from inside the eyewall of #HurricanIan as it moved onshore.
— Pat Cavlin (@pcavlin) September 28, 2022
Hurricane Ian is a historic storm
Ian is, in fact, now unofficially ranked as the 5th strongest storm to ever make landfall in the United States. Formerly, only four storms have made landfall with winds greater than 155 mph. These include Hurricane Andrew and the great Labor Day storm of 1935.
Labor Day (1935): 185 mph
Camille (1969): 175 mph
Andrew (1992): 165 mph
Michael (2018): 160 mph pic.twitter.com/Z7YGc83Fvo
— Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach) September 28, 2022
— Nikhil Trivedi (@DCAreaWx) September 28, 2022
Ian’s storm surge
Storm surge rushed into Charlotte Harbor and the Fort Meyers area as Ian’s eyewall raked the region. Incredibly, water came up out of the bays and inlets as high as 18 feet above normal sea level.
— Kaitlin Wright (@wxkaitlin) September 28, 2022
I can’t overstate how serious the storm surge threat is in southwest Florida. #Ian will drive deadly surge into Cape Coral and Fort Myers, placing much of the area under water. If you live near the ocean in a surge zone, this is your last chance to leave… pic.twitter.com/FefKkoltd3
— Evan Fisher (@EFisherWX) September 28, 2022
NEW at 10:00am: The peak storm surge forecast from Englewood to Bonita Beach and Charlotte Harbor has increase to **12-18 feet**. Hurricane-force winds are approaching Sanibel Island. #Florida #FLwx #Ian #HurricaneIan #hurricane pic.twitter.com/OzfTT5GLPD
— Beth Carpenter | TDS Weather (@B_Carp01) September 28, 2022
— Ben Ames (@BenAmesWx) September 28, 2022
Additionally, rainfall is a serious concern as Ian slowly moves over Florida through the coming days. With this in mind, the Weather Prediction Center issued a rare high risk for catastrophic freshwater flooding. Presently, current rainfall forecasts call for an additional 20-30 inches of rain from Tampa to Orlando. Indeed, some weather models indicate that pockets of 40 inches or more of rainfall are possible in localized areas. This kind of exceptional rainfall will lead to life-threatening flooding well inland of the landfall point of Ian. In addition, heavy rain is also possible into Georgia and the Carolinas through the coming days. It is forecast that three to five inches of rain could bring localized flash flooding.
There is a HIGH RISK of excessive rainfall from Hurricane #Ian Today through Thursday Night in central and northeast Florida, the first High Risk in five years for Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville metro areas. Explore latest ERO on our interactive page: https://t.co/cfgBoWyKla pic.twitter.com/aqWV3ymMoN
— NWS Weather Prediction Center (@NWSWPC) September 28, 2022
Second landfall for Hurricane Ian?
Hurricane Ian will likely remain a powerful storm through the Wednesday evening and into Thursday. At the present time, current forecasts say that Ian will exit Florida as a weakened tropical storm, but reemerge over the Atlantic ocean. Subsequently, Georgia and South Carolina are next in the forecast path. Hurricane watches have been posted for both states. Later, Ian could make a second landfall as a tropical storm or low-end hurricane on Friday morning. This could bring heavy wind and rain to places like Savannah, Charleston and Myrtle Beach. Presently, three to five feet of storm surge is also forecasted along the southeastern US coastline.
— Drew Richards (@drew_richards) September 28, 2022
Category four storm
As an illustration, a category five hurricane has winds of 157 mph or higher. Ian was, notably, only two mph away from becoming a category five hurricane. In this case, Ian intensified as it moved over a large fuel source, the warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico.
Reminiscent of a tsunami, #HurricanIan is so strong it is literally sucking water out to sea and exposing the sea floor in Tampa Bay.
— Colin McCarthy (@US_Stormwatch) September 28, 2022
Hurricane Ian moved over a large fuel source on Sept. 27: warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico. https://t.co/b9oMCMKbrb
This map shows sea surface temps, above 27.8° C (82.04° F) in red. Water this warm can sustain and intensify hurricanes as thermal energy moves from sea to sky. pic.twitter.com/kU2EDRuX7F
— NASA Earth (@NASAEarth) September 28, 2022
The storm surge threat has increased since #Ian has intensified and is a larger hurricane. Cape Coral, Captiva, Sanibel could see storm surge of 12-16 ft. Catastrophic setup for these locations. No one should be near the coast as it makes landfall early this afternoon. @WBRCnews pic.twitter.com/ksXGcKzuB9
— Matt Daniel (@mattdanielwx) September 28, 2022
Heart-wrenching to see a devastating hurricane like #Ian bear down on land. If you’re in its path, from along the coast and well inland, please stay safe!
— NWS Director (@NWSDirector) September 28, 2022
Bottom line: Hurricane Ian made landfall on Sanibel Island, Florida, on the afternoon of September 28, 2022. Forecasters are using words like “catastrophic” and “historic.”