AT 5 pm: CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE, NEARLY CATEGORY FIVE…
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Hurricane Ian is partially ashore as of 5 p.m. with near Category Five winds. The National Hurricane Center says the system is packing winds of 155 mph.
While Palm Beach County will escape a direct hit, it may be a challenging night. All schools are closed in Palm Beach County on Thursday. Government offices and courts are also closed. Trash, however, will be picked up.
Power is out to roughly 30,000 FPL customers in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties.
This is the 5 p.m. update:
BULLETIN Hurricane Ian Advisory Number 25 NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL092022 500 PM EDT Wed Sep 28 2022
… IAN BATTERING THE FLORIDA PENINSULA WITH CATASTROPHIC STORM SURGE, WINDS, AND FLOODING…
… NEW WATCHES AND WARNINGS ISSUED FOR NORTH AND SOUTH CAROLINA…
SUMMARY OF 500 PM EDT…2100 UTC… INFORMATION ———————————————- LOCATION…26.9N 82.0W ABOUT 5 MI…10 KM E OF PUNTA GORDA FLORIDA ABOUT 120 MI…190 KM SSW OF ORLANDO FLORIDA MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…140 MPH…220 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT… NNE OR 20 DEGREES AT 8 MPH…13 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…945 MB…27.91 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS ——————– CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:
A Storm Surge Watch has been issued north of South Santee River South Carolina to Little River Inlet.
The Tropical Storm Warning has been extended northward to Surf City, North Carolina.
A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued from north of Surf City to Cape Lookout, North Carolina.
The Storm Surge Warning has been discontinued for the Lower Keys and the Storm Surge Watch has been discontinued for the Middle and Upper Keys.
The Tropical Storm Warning for the Florida Keys and for Florida Bay have been discontinued.
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…
- Chokoloskee to Anclote River, including Tampa Bay * Sebastian Inlet to Flagler/Volusia County Line
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for…
- Suwannee River southward to Flamingo * Tampa Bay * Flagler/Volusia Line to the mouth of the South Santee River * St. Johns River
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
- Indian Pass to the Anclote River * Flamingo to Sebastian Inlet * Flagler/Volusia County Line to Surf City * Flamingo to Chokoloskee * Lake Okeechobee * Bimini and Grand Bahama Islands
A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for…
- North of South Santee River to Little River Inlet * Florida Bay
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…
- Flagler/Volusia County Line to the South Santee River * Lake Okeechobee
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…
- North of Surf City to Cape Lookout
A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations. For a depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at hurricanes.gov. This is a life-threatening situation.
Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions. Promptly follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials.
A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.
A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life- threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours.
A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area.
A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.
Interests elsewhere in eastern North Carolina should monitor the progress of Ian.
For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by your national meteorological service.
DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK ———————- At 500 PM EDT (2100 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Ian was located near latitude 26.9 North, longitude 82.0 West. Ian is moving toward the north-northeast near 8 mph (13 km/h). On the forecast track, the center of Ian is expected to move across central Florida tonight and Thursday morning and emerge over the western Atlantic by late Thursday. Ian is forecast to turn northward on Friday and approach the northeastern Florida coast, Georgia and South Carolina coasts late Friday.
Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 140 mph (220 km/h) with higher gusts. Ian is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Further weakening is expected for the next day or so, but Ian could be near hurricane strength when it moves over the Florida East coast tomorrow, and when it approaches the northeastern Florida, Georgia and South Carolina coasts late Friday.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 50 miles (85 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km). A WeatherFlow station in Grove City recently reported sustained winds of 95 mph (153 km/h) and a wind gust of 128 mph (208 km/h). A University of Florida Coastal Monitoring Program wind tower recently reported sustained winds of 89 mph (143 km/h) with a gust to 114 mph (183 km/h).
The estimated minimum central pressure is 945 mb (27.91 inches).
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND ———————- 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 hurricanes.gov/text/MIATCDAT4.shtml.
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…
- Englewood to Bonita Beach, including Charlotte Harbor…12-18 ft * Middle of Longboat Key to Englewood…6-10 ft * Bonita Beach to Chokoloskee…8-12 ft * Chokoloskee to East Cape Sable…5-8 ft * Anclote River to Middle of Longboat Key, including Tampa Bay…4-6 ft * Flagler/Volusia County Line to Altamaha Sound…4-6 ft * Altamaha Sound to South Santee River…3-5 ft * Suwannee River to Anclote River…3-5 ft * St. Johns River north of Julington…3-5 ft * St. Johns River south of Julington…2-4 ft * East Cape Sable to Card Sound Bridge…2-4 ft * South Santee River to Little River Inlet…2-4 ft * Patrick Air Force Base to Flagler/Volusia County Line…1-3 ft * East of Little River Inlet to Cape Lookout…1-3 ft * Dry Tortugas and Florida Keys…1-3 ft
The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast near and to the right of the center, where the surge will be accompanied by large waves. Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over short distances. For information specific to your area, please see products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office.
WIND: Catastrophic wind damage is likely near the core of Ian.
Hurricane conditions are ongoing within the Hurricane Warning area now and will slowly spread northeastward through the day.
Hurricane conditions are expected to begin along the east coast of Florida in the Hurricane Warning area starting early Thursday.
Hurricane conditions are possible in the Hurricane Watch area on Thursday through late Friday.
Tropical storm conditions are occuring in parts of the warning area on the east coast of Florida and should spread northward through the northeast Florida, Georgia and South Carolina coasts tonight and Thursday. Tropical storm conditions are possible in the Tropical Storm Watch area starting on Friday.
RAINFALL: Ian is expected to produce the following storm total rainfall:
- Florida Keys and South Florida: 6 to 8 inches, with local maxima up to 12 inches.
- Central and Northeast Florida: 12 to 20 inches, with local maxima up to 30 inches.
- Coastal Georgia and Lowcountry of South Carolina: 4 to 8 inches, with local maxima of 12 inches.
- Eastern Georgia and Coastal South Carolina: 3 to 6 inches, with local maxima of 8 inches across western North Carolina
Widespread, life-threatening catastrophic flash and urban flooding, with major to record flooding along rivers, is expected to continue across central Florida. Widespread considerable flash, urban, and river flooding is expected across portions of northeast Florida, southeastern Georgia, and eastern South Carolina later this week through the weekend. Locally considerable flash flooding, urban, and river flooding is possible this weekend across portions of the southern Appalachians with limited flooding possible across portions of southern Mid-Atlantic.
TORNADOES: A few tornadoes are possible this evening into tonight across east central Florida.
SURF: Swells generated by Ian are affecting the northern coast of Cuba, the northeastern coast of the Yucatan peninsula and west coast of Florida. Swells will increase along the east coast of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina tonight and Thursday. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Please consult products from your local weather office.
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