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2:14PM September 28, 2022

HURRICANE IAN ROARS ASHORE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA NEAR CAPE CORAL… Hurricane Ian, continuing an alarming trend of hurricanes strengthening right up until landfall, has come ashore on this Wednesday afternoon in southwest Florida near Cape Coral and Ft. Myers. The large hurricane continues to produce extreme impacts over a wide area in west-central and southwest Florida. Dangerous storm surge, heavy rain, flooding, tornadoes, and extreme winds are set to continue over the next several hours across parts of the Florida Peninsula. Ian officially will go in the books as a high-end, category 4 hurricane with maximum winds at 155 mph, however it should be noted this was also the case with Hurricane Michael before analysis revealed Michael was, indeed, a category 5 hurricane at landfall. REGARDLESS of that, it really does not matter if a storm has 155 or 160 mph “official” winds at landfall. The impacts are devastating for the affected area either way.

EXTREME WIND WARNING FOR AREAS NEAR CAPE CORAL… The rarest of the rare, an Extreme Wind Warning, continues this afternoon for communities like Ft. Myers, Cape Coral, Port Charlotte, Venice, Sarasota, Arcadia, North Port, Sanibel, Bonita Springs, and Lehigh Acres in southwest Florida. This Extreme Wind Warning is in effect until 6PM EDT. An Extreme Wind Warning has only been issued a handful of times in the last decade. The Extreme Wind Warning product is only utilized when sustained winds are in excess of 115 mph, aka major hurricane force winds.

BREEZY CONDITIONS CONTINUE LOCALLY… Beautiful, blue sky weather continues across south Alabama and northwest Florida this afternoon. Temperatures are in the 70s for the most part with a few locales reporting 80 this afternoon. Breezy (15-25 mph) conditions will continue today and tomorrow.

APP… If you haven’t already, be sure to download the free RedZone Weather app to keep up with all the latest information on the world of weather in south Alabama and northwest Florida. redzoneweather.com/app is the link for the free download. Once you have the app downloaded to your iOS or Android device, be sure to visit the Alerts tab (lower right corner) and tap the large, yellow Alert Settings button to customize the alerts you would like to receive straight from me.

I will have more updates posted over the next several hours in the RedZone Weather app. Have a nice Wednesday evening!

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