Wednesday, September 28, 2022

HURRICANE IAN UPDATES: Storm rapidly intensifying into powerful Category 4 near Florida

Hurricane Ian strengthened into a powerful Category 4 storm Wednesday morning.

Ian continues to move toward the southwest coast of Florida and is expected to bring significant impacts to Central Florida.

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9:30 a.m. update:

The latest models show double-digit rain totals for much of Central Florida.

DeLand is forecast to receive nearly 30 inches of rain.

Widespread flooding in rivers, low-lying and urban areas is expected.

Over the last 12 hours, Hurricane Ian had a quick eyewall replacement cycle, which allowed it to strengthen this morning to near Category 5.

Evacuation orders have been enacted for parts of Seminole and Flagler counties. Read more, see tweets and videos here.

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