8 a.m. Tropical Update: Ian’s winds holding at 125 mph
Ian’s track continues to head close to Tampa Wednesday night
GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - As of the 8 a.m. Tuesday advisory, Hurricane Ian was moving over the western tip of Cuba. Winds near the center of the storm were holding at 125 mph, with higher gusts closer to 140 mph. The minimal central pressure has dropped down to 950 mb as of the latest update. With warmer waters ahead of its path in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, Ian should continue to intensify into a category 4 hurricane. It is expected to make its U.S. landfall near Cedar Key and Tampa Bay, FL Wednesday night.
While the main circulation and center of Ian will stay +100 miles from Eastern N.C., we will not go unscathed. Once Ian moves on shore, the system will rapidly devolve into a classic frontal system. Both the warm front and cold front will cross the region, starting Friday and exiting Sunday, bringing about 3 to 5 inches of rain for most of ENC. A few locations closer to the Crystal Coast and the Pamlico Sound could see 5-7 inches. Because of this elevated rainfall expectation, Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be First Alert Weather Days. There will be chances for flash flooding and river flooding as the steady rain holds.
This is a great time to download the WITN Weather App for your First Alert forecast and the latest details and preparation for the storm. Remember, it only takes one storm to make it a memorable season. This is also a good time to recheck your hurricane preparedness kits. Anything that might be missing should be restocked, also keep a copy of important documents plus any items that are useful for creating your kits.
Most of all, we have plenty of time to watch this system. Slight adjustments in the track are expected between now and landfall. WITN News and the First Alert Weather Team will keep you updated.
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