Polk County Updates Residents On Hurricane Ian Operations
September 28th, 2022
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As the track has shifted over the past few days, it’s become clear that Polk County will see more of an impact than our listeners along the water in Tampa Bay. County officials are updating the public on precautions to take and what services are still available.
Wednesday Morning Hurricane Ian Update: Now a Category 4, Catastrophic Surge Expected For Southwest Florida
Greg plotted the track so far of Ian on radar... see the quick left and right movements of the storm? Those are the wobbles that we need to watch all the way to landfall. They can shift the landfall point north or south by a few miles. The eye is 30 miles wide. pic.twitter.com/7sP9C5vsCH
Their tracks may be similar, but that’s about it. #Ian's area of hurricane force winds is about 3 times larger, and its area of tropical storm force winds is about 2.3 times larger than Charley. #Ian has potential to do significantly more damage than #Charley. pic.twitter.com/rp2TeSPsGc
Not smart AT ALL to let your guard down in Tampa Bay.
Yes the storm surge IN the Bay is reduced SOME if #Ian cuts in & makes landfall south - but that path also brings potential major hurricane wind gusts to the metro and parks the rainfall bullseye overhead 15-20" per NHC. pic.twitter.com/PFGiN6TJvA
#Ian is now at 155 mph, 1 mph shy of a cat 5. Only 4 US storms have made landfall that strong. It may be taking a similar track to Charley, but it’s no Charley. Ian’s eye is 40mi wide, hurricane winds are 75mi wide. Dwarfs Charley’s 5 mi eye & 30mi hurr winds. @WFLA 1/ pic.twitter.com/iTuZfB8bwj
Not what we want to see. #Ian has completed its eye wall replacement cycle and is now a CAT 4 with 140 mph winds. Some additional strengthening is possible. #Ian will make landfall as an extremely dangerous hurricane later today, probably in Sarasota/Charlotte county. pic.twitter.com/BC6cIq8bH4