A quiet weekend to prepare for Florida’s Hurricane Ian
Exact track and effects on the Suncoast very changeable
SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - We have quiet weather for the weekend, giving us all time to get storm ready! While the American GFS and European computer models still disagree on the exact timing and track of the developing storm, this storm will become a hurricane and it will affect much of Florida. Details regarding rain amounts, storm surge, and winds depend on the final track. The “Cone of Uncertainty” on Wednesday is still 300 miles wide at this time. You can still prepare this weekend by following these steps:
- Get food and water supplies for several days
- Get prescriptions filled and have medications and a first aid kit handy
- Get enough pet food and medication for several days
- Have a radio with batteries and phone charges available
- Keep your gas tank full
- Have cash on hand
- Store important documents in a dry, safe place
- Be prepared to protect your home with hurricane shutters or other protection
The latest forecast cone of the storm has the storm making landfall in southwest Florida Wednesday morning, possibly strengthening into a major Category 3 storm. A Category 3 would have winds of 111 mph to 129 mph at the center of the storm.
The path of this storm will become much better defined through the weekend. Stay tuned to ABC7 News and download our ABC7 Mobile Weather App for your smartphone
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