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Tracking Hurricane Ian: See latest forecast, spaghetti models, information

5 a.m. Tuesday, Ian is a major hurricane, with sustained winds of 140 mph. Ian now has its sights set on landfall again, but this time, in southwest Florida near Fort Myers. Hurricane Warnings blanket central Florida, including cities like Naples, Fort Myers, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, Tampa, Sebring, Lakeland and Orlando. Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect up and down the Atlantic coast from Miami to just north of Charleston, SC. In Georgia, the Tropical Storm Warning includes Chatham, Bryan, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Glynn, and Camden Counties. Governor Brian Kemp has issued a State of Emergency for the entire state. In Georgia, a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for coast Camden and Glenn Counties, including St. Marys, St. Simons Island, and Brunswick. Storm surge is possible along the coast as well. It could be as high as 4-6 feet between the Florida state line and the Altamaha Sound and 3-5 feet from the Altamaha Sound to the South Carolina state line. Ian is expected to make landfall today very close to Port Charlotte and Fort Myers as a major hurricane. From there, it will cross the Florida peninsula and reemerge over the Atlantic near Daytona Beach as a tropical storm. The forecast cone from the National Hurricane Center then turns it inland near Savannah and tracks up the Savannah River late Friday and into Saturday. With this cone, this would keep Central Georgia on the better side of the storm from a severe weather potential. There will be very little tornado threat but the wind threat will still be in play. Wind ahead of the storm will begin as early as mid-morning Thursday with gusts up to 30-35 mph through the day on Thursday. Then on Friday, gusts will go a bit higher, potentially up to 40-45 mph, with locally higher gusts. These winds will be prevalent because of the pressure gradient ahead of the storm, a very similar set-up as to when Irma pushed through. Central Georgia will be on the edge of the rainfall. As of now, the forecast is for 1-3 inches with higher amounts to the east.
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