MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – Hurricane Ian made landfall at 3:05 pm EDT as a category 4 major hurricane near Cayo Costa in southwest Florida.
While Hurricane Ian no longer poses a direct threat to the News 5 viewing area, we continue to track this major storm as it churns closer to landfall in south Florida. We are live streaming sister station WFLA’s up-to-the-minute Hurricane Ian coverage. People visiting the coast should check with local authorities about water conditions.
Given the current forecast, our most likely impacts include a high risk for rip currents, rough surf, and gusty winds starting midweek. There is also a Red Flag Warning in place for our area given the forecast strong northerly winds and dry air moving in starting Wednesday.
In south Florida: Category 4 Hurricane Ian intensifies and could bring “life-threatening storm surge along the southwest coast of Florida,” according to the National Hurricane Center. Storm surge could peak between 12 and 18 feet from Englewood to Bonita Beach, at Charlotte Harbor, and from Bonita Beach to Chokoloskee.