For most of the past two days we expected this storm to be named “Hermine”. Wind shear has been keeping the storm from developing and now a new storm off the coast of Africa has taken the name. So what do we know about the storm that will, now very likely, become Ian?
Governor DeSantis has declared a State of Emergency Ahead Of Ian
“This storm has the potential to strengthen into a major hurricane and we encourage all Floridians to make their preparations. We are coordinating with all state and local government partners to track potential impacts of this storm,” said Governor DeSantis.
The following 24 counties are under the State of Emergency:
- Indian River
- Palm Beach
- St. Lucie
We know it’s going to be a major hurricane and Ian is very, very likely to hit Florida. As we get closer, the models will start to align more and give us a better idea. For those of us who have lived in Southwest Florida awhile, yes, this looks a little too much like the Charley path. If you’re not sure what you should be doing in advance of the storm, here’s our guide.
Taking a look at the most recent update as of this writing, the 5pm Friday update, the cone has slid a bit to the west. Good for us. No bueno for Tampa.
I’m going to bring this name up again for those of you new to Southwest Florida. Hurricane Charley was once predicted to hit Tampa. Don’t sleep on this storm. The simple fact is, we just don’t know for sure what’s going to happen.