Ian is upgraded to Major Cat. Three Hurricanes Hit Overnight, Heading Near Central Florida


Hurricane Ian became a major Category 3 hurricane overnight.

Ian landed in western Cuba around 4:30 am with maximum sustained wind speeds of approximately 125 mph.

Significant wind and storm surge effects are expected in western Cuba as the storm moves over the island.

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Ian is now heading north at 12 mph.

It strengthened rapidly overnight, and on Tuesday morning, Ian was almost a Category 4 hurricane.

The storm should be out of the Florida Keys by Tuesday night.

The forecast trajectory changed overnight, with the storm’s path approaching central Florida.

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Ian is predicted to slow down as it approaches Tampa and become a major hurricane before moving inland.

There is a risk of tornadoes and flooding as the rain belt moves through Florida by Wednesday.

A Channel 9 meteorologist advises Floridians to seek shelter by 9 a.m. Wednesday.

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Some areas of West Central Florida can get about 20 inches of rain as Ian passes.

Hurricane and tropical storm conditions could continue in central Florida Wednesday through Thursday as Ian moves slowly through our area.

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Channel 9 will continue to monitor Hurricane Ian and continue coverage of EyeWitness News.

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