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Category 4 Hurricane “Ian” makes landfall in southwestern Florida, U.S.

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NOAA Doppler radar imagery indicates that the eye of Hurricane “Ian” made landfall along the southwestern coast of Florida near Cayo Costa around 19:05 UTC (15:05 EDT) on September 28, 2022. The hurricane is currently causing catastrophic storm surge, winds and flooding in the Florida Peninsula.

Data from an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft indicate that Ian’s maximum sustained winds were estimated to be near 240 km/h (150 mph), making it an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane. The latest minimum central pressure estimated from reconnaissance data is 940 MB.

At 19:10 UTC, the center of Hurricane “Ian” was located about 30 km (20 miles) WNW of Ft. Myers / WSW of Punta Gorda, Florida.

The system was moving NNE at 15 km/h (9 mph).

Life-threatening and devastating impacts are expected as Ian moves onto southwest Florida, then slowly progresses to the north-northeast, NWS said ahead of the landfall.

Life-threatening storm surge, devastating winds, several tornadoes, and significant heavy rain onto already saturated soils is forecasted. Widespread and prolonged flooding and flash flooding are possible across much of Florida.

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Hurricane “Ian” at 18:40 UTC on September 28, 2022. Credit: NOAA/GOES-East, RAMMB/CIRA, The Watchers
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Hurricane “Ian” at 18:40 UTC on September 28, 2022. Credit: NOAA/GOES-East, RAMMB/CIRA, The Watchers
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Hurricane “Ian” at 18:40 UTC on September 28, 2022. Credit: NOAA/GOES-East, RAMMB/CIRA, The Watchers
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Hurricane “Ian” at 18:40 UTC on September 28, 2022. Credit: NOAA/GOES-East, RAMMB/CIRA, The Watchers

When these types of events take place in the U.S, and during tornado seasons/events, it’s good to check out StormWall for the latest videos from various channels.

Featured image: Hurricane “Ian” at 18:40 UTC on September 28, 2022. Credit: NOAA/GOES-East, RAMMB/CIRA, The Watchers

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