Hurricane Ian is forecast to move across the southeastern Gulf of Mexico toward the Florida Peninsula as a major hurricane. Its forecast track has been shifted slightly east (again) with a landfall now south of Sarasota. The system is still expected to have a large wind field as it slowly moves inland and gradually weakens. The forecast track continues to cut through parts of East Central Florida! As a result, much of the area is at risk for significant impacts!
For East Central Florida, the wind threat remains high. There is a significant threat of strong tropical storm force winds and frequent hurricane force gusts pushing inland from the west coast, especially for Lake, Orange, Seminole, Osceola, and Okeechobee Counties.
  • Also, there is a multi-day threat for dangerous widespread flooding rain and tornadoes.
  • Flood Watches are already in effect. Peak rainfall totals could reach 12 18 inches with locally higher amounts.
  • A Tornado Watch is now in effect for the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee county. Additional expansion northward of this watch is expected overnight and into Wednesday.