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Tampa Bay seeing dramatic 'reverse storm surge' amid Hurrican Ian

As Hurricane Ian draws near, winds are pulling water from Tampa Bay, a phenomenon sometimes called "reverse storm surge" or "negative storm surge." As of the 2 p.m. advisory, Hurricane Ian is maintaining its strength as an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm. It is located about 25 miles west-northwest of Fort Myers, Florida, with sustained winds of 155 mph — just two miles per hour away from being a Category 5 hurricane. Ian's movement is north-northeast at 9 mph. In its 1 p.m. update, the NHC said the eyewall of Hurricane Ian is moving onshore at Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Sustained winds in Redfish Pass were reported at 75 mph with a wind gust of 100 mph. And, in Sanibel Island, sustained winds reached 77 mph with a reported wind gust of 107 mph. In Naples, wind gusts up to 112 mph were reported. A life-threatening storm surge is expected along the southwest coast of Florida as hurricane-force winds draw closer. A storm surge of 12-18 feet is possible along the west coast of Florida, with the highest risk from Bonita Beach northward to Longboat Key. Tampa Bay itself could see a 4-6 foot storm surge. MORE: 10 Tampa Bay is keeping you ahead of Hurricane Ian: FIND YOUR EVACUATION ZONE: FIND SANDBAG LOCATIONS: LATEST AREA SCHOOL CLOSURES: #Ian | #FLwx
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