Tropical Storm Ian– Update 3 – 9/25/2022

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 and North Florida remain in the forecast cone, and the Florida Panhandle was added on Sunday as well. However, most of the southern end of the Florida peninsula is no longer in the storm’s probable path.

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 three to five days.

Additionally, forecasters expect Tropical Storm Ian will become a hurricane later today and to intensify into a major hurricane within 48 hours. The National Hurricane Center considers storms that are Category 3 and above major hurricanes.

It still is too early to determine the exact timing, magnitude and location of possible impacts from wind and rainfall in Florida, as there is “significant uncertainty” with the storm’s projected path. Regardless of the storm’s track, the National Hurricane Center believes the West Coast of Florida and the Florida Panhandle could face a “risk of dangerous storm surge, hurricane-force winds and heavy rainfall” by the middle of next week.

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:

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Published: September 25th, 2022

Category: 2022 Weather Alerts