Ian expected to strengthen into a Cat 4 as it enters the Gulf

The storm will intensify rapidly over the next few days
Published: Sep. 25, 2022 at 8:58 AM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Tropical Storm Ian is getting better organized over the Caribbean and is poised to strengthen rapidly over the next few days.

Ian is expected to intensify from a tropical storm into a Category 4 hurricane in about two days as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico. Most models agree that Ian will become a large and dangerous hurricane, now that conditions are becoming more favorable over the northwest Caribbean and southern Gulf.

Although some track models have trended a little to the west, Louisiana and Mississippi remain likely to experience little to no impact from this storm. The greatest threat area is Florida, with a landfall expected this week anywhere from Fort Myers on the state’s west coast to Apalachicola in the panhandle. Due to the coastline and the trajectory of the storm, forecasting an exact landfall point now is difficult.

On the backside of the storm, southeast Louisiana will experience strong northerly winds for multiple days this week. Winds could gust upwards of 40 mph at times. But this wind will be northerly, so coastal flooding should be minimal as the water will be pushed away from the coast.

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