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Tropical Storm Ian continues to organize, gains strength as its track shifts west

WFTV Orlando 9/24/2022 Rusty McCranie, Jack DeMarco

Tropical Storm Ian has officially formed and could impact Florida by next week.



5 p.m. Update:

Tropical Storm Ian’s track has shifted to the west.

The new track pushes the center of the cone farther away from Orlando, but all of Central Florida is still in the cone.

We still have to watch for impacts caused by heavy rain and strong winds by next Thursday

A tornado risk will also develop and we will have to be prepared for more track shifts in future updates.

As Ian continues to organize it is expected to rapidly intensify into a Category 4 hurricane over the Eastern Gulf of Mexico by the middle of next week.

The next track update will be at 11 p.m.

11 a.m. Update:

Ian is still fighting shear with winds holding at 45mph.

The track has again been adjusted slightly westward, especially on days four and five as Ian would approach Florida.

Track adjustments are expected. Slightly stronger and a more prolonged period of Category 3 strength, possibly as early as near Cuba.

Based on the track from the NHC, impacts to Central Florida would be felt beginning Wednesday

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As of 8 a.m. on Saturday the forecast track has not changed overall, showing a powerful category 3 hurricane approaching southwest Florida on Wednesday.

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The next full advisory with any track change will be at 11a.m.


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