Images released by the United States media show that the sea receded in Tampa before the arrival of the hurricane Ian to the state of Florida. This indicates that the water will return as storm surge as the cyclone approaches land. In addition, the National Weather Service (NWS) also shared images of the fishing pier in the city of Venice, which is already feeling the effects of Hurricane Ian.
“Here are some photos of the receding water in Venice. IMPORTANT: The water WILL RISE BACK. Don’t try to walk there or anywhere else with receding water.” indicates the NWS in your message.
The dangerous storm surge that will produce Ian its path can raise sea levels up to 16 feet (4.8 meters) in some portion of the west coast of Florida.
The hurricane Ian reinforced with winds of 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers / hour), corresponding to category 4 (of 5), it approaches the west coast of Florida at a speed of 9 miles (15 kilometers), which will reduce before making landfall.
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In a special bulletin issued at 0700 hours (1100 GMT), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) of the United States warned that the hurricane is about 65 miles (100 km) south-southwest of Punta Gorda, in the southwest of Florida.
In the trajectory graph, the impact zone is located further north, in the bay of Tampa.
The dangerous storm surge that Ian will produce in its wake could raise sea levels by as much as 16 feet (4.8 meters) in some area of Florida’s west coast.
Fourth hurricane 2022 in the Atlantic basin formed last weekend in the central Caribbean, passing through Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Cuba before entering the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday.
In the west of Cuba It left considerable damage, but also a breakdown in the electrical system attributed by the authorities to the passage of Ian has left Cuba completely without electricity.
The special NHC bulletin includes a long list of hurricane, storm surge and tropical storm warnings and advisories covering much of Florida, including the east coast, and also parts of the Bahama Islands.
The area with the most serious warnings includes Dry Tortugas Key, in the western Florida Keys and without a permanent population, and an area on the west coast, which goes from Chokoloskee to the Anclote River and includes Tampa Bay.
That’s where Ian is expected to make landfall within several hours with “catastrophic” Category 4 winds, according to the NHC.
Winds will die down after impact and on Thursday Ian will change course to the north.
That same day in the afternoon it will emerge in the Atlantic.
The list of dangers that Ian brings with him is headed by storm surge, which combined with the tide causes sea levels to rise and floods normally dry coastal areas.
Forecast floods in the western area range from a minimum of one foot to 16 feet (305 mm to 4.8 meters).
The NHC also warned of the possibility of catastrophic damage from Ian’s winds, especially in the area where it touches the center.
Hurricane-force winds currently extend outward up to 40 miles (65 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds outward up to 175 miles (280 km).
In addition, it will dump rains throughout Florida and eastern Georgia and the coast of South Carolina, with the risk of flash flooding in cities and rivers rising.
Tornadoes, like the ones yesterday in Broward, the county that borders Miami-Dade, and strong waves in the Gulf of Mexico and currents on the east coast of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina complete Ian’s picture.
With information from EFE