Tropical Storm Ian – Update 2 – 9/24/2022

University of Florida officials are actively monitoring Tropical Storm Ian. While much remains unknown about the storm’s path, here is what we know today:

Central Florida remains in the forecast cone as of Saturday, as does most of South Florida. Parts of North Florida were added to the forecast cone as well.

This means that while the storm’s exact trajectory remains uncertain, the National Hurricane Center predicts some portions of the Florida peninsula could be affected within four to five days.

Additionally, forecasters expect Tropical Storm Ian will become a hurricane by late Sunday and reach “at or near major hurricane strength” by Monday night. The National Hurricane Center considers storms that are Category 3 and above “major” hurricanes.

While it is too early to determine the exact timing, magnitude and location of possible impacts from wind and rainfall in Florida, forecasters are becoming increasingly confident that the storm will bring “life-threatening hazards,” such as storm surge, hurricane-force winds and rainfall flooding. National Hurricane Center computer models show tropical force winds can be expected in North Central Florida by sometime Wednesday.

No tropical storm or hurricane watches have been issued for any portion of the Florida peninsula as of this message. However, UF units should continue to monitor forecasts and be prepared to follow guidance from local officials.

Additionally, the UF campus in Gainesville anticipates no operational changes for early next week as of this message. We will continue to monitor and update the UF community on expected impacts as information becomes available.

For additional information, please visit National Hurricane Center.

Additional information:

Here’s how to prepare for hurricane season

Pre-storm preparation for students in UF housing

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Published: September 24th, 2022

Category: 2022 Weather Alerts