Florida officially reverted to an official “Hurricane Alert” as of 5:00 p.m. Monday due to the progress of Hurricane Ian, which is expected to make landfall near the Florida coast Wednesday morning. Tomorrow Tuesday in the Florida Keys things will get rough after the hurricane passes over Cuba, unfortunately for an island that suffers from economic problems, should become a “major hurricane” (categories 3 to 5 on a scale of 5). The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) predicts that Ian will then continue on its course towards Florida, approach Key West tomorrow morning or midday tomorrow (the Key Islands are already on alert) and then turn towards central Florida . . On Monday at 5:00 p.m., the eye of Hurricane Ian is expected to pass directly over Tampa Bay, a city of 3 million…
Governor DeSantis should strongly warn of the impact.
– Evacuation orders were issued in the Tampa Bay area. A hurricane warning is in effect for the west coast area between Fort Myers and Tampa Bay.
– Areas of “vigilance”: Upper Keys, Northwest Florida coast (north of Tampa), and Northeast Zone (from northern Palm Beach County to the Georgia border (and beyond).
– Regardless of the impact site in Florida, Ian will then head north. But the consequences will be at least 200 km south of the impact.
– Ian could be in category 4 after going through Cuba.
– This is the first serious warning in Florida since the season began last June.
– Right now, the Miami area seems favorable for tourists (or others) wanting to leave the West Coast. However, it’s important to keep in mind that hurricane tracks can change (although generally when they’re in the Caribbean, they really do go north).