Ian made landfall on mainland Florida as a category 4 major hurricane near 4:30 PM ET south of Punta Gorda near Pirate Harbor. Catastrophic storm surge inundation along with destructive waves is ongoing along the southwest Florida coastline. Hurricane-force winds are expected to spread inland to central Florida near the core of Ian through early Thursday. Heavy rainfall will continue flooding. Officials evaluating damage to Florida and still continue to expect delays for freight in the regions. Tropical Storm, Hurricane and Storm Surge Warnings are in effect for Georgia and South Carolina. Storm Surge is from Savannah, Georgia to Charleston, South Carolina.
Storm Surge Warning remains in effect until Friday afternoon
- Life-threatening storm surge possible. The potential for 4-6 feet above ground somewhere within surge prone areas
- Impacts: Areas of inundation with storm surge flooding accentuated by waves. Damage to several buildings, mainly near the coast. Sections of near-shore escape routes and secondary roads become weakened or washed out, especially in usually vulnerable low spots.
Flash Flood Warning remains in effect until 12:15 PM today
- Life threatening flash flooding. Heavy rain producing flash flooding.
- Impacts: Life threatening flash flooding of creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses.
Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect until Friday morning
- Wind: 15-25 mph with gusts to 35 mph occurring, expected to end Friday morning
- Wind Impacts: Many large tree limbs broken off. A few trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Some fences and roadway signs blown over. A few roads impassable from debris, particularly within urban or heavily wooded places. Hazardous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways. Scattered power and communications outages.
- Flooding Rain: No new additional rainfall expected, Limited
- Flooding Rain Impacts: Localized rainfall flooding may prompt a few evacuations. Rivers and tributaries may quickly rise with swifter currents. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may become swollen and overflow in spots. Flood waters can enter a few structures, especially in usually vulnerable spots. A few places where rapid ponding of water occurs at underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor drainage areas. Several storm drains and retention ponds become near-full and begin to overflow. Some brief road and bridge closures.
Tropical Storm Warning for Ian
- Ian is moving northeast along the Atlantic coast towards Georgia and South Carolina
- There is a danger of life-threatening storm surge today through Friday along the coasts of northeast Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
- Tropical storm force winds are expected to spread northward across northeastern Florida, Georgia and the Carolina coasts through Friday. Hurricane conditions are possible through Friday along the coasts of northeastern Florida, Georgia and South Carolina where a Hurricane watch is in effect.
- Widespread, life threating catastrophic flooding will continue today across Florida with considerable flooding in northern Florida, southeastern Georgia and eastern South Carolina expected today through the end of the week.
Expect delays in moving freight in and out of Florida as some carriers have closed or limited locations and terminals for Ian. Tropical Storm, Hurricane and Storm Surge Warnings are in effect for Georgia and South Carolina. Storm Surge Warning is from Savannah, Georgia to Charleston, South Carolina.