(Miami, FL) -- Florida's Gulf Coast is bracing for up to 12 feet of storm surge from Hurricane Ian. Recent data from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 155 mph.
A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations.
The National Hurricane Center says the Category 4 storm is expected to strengthen as it approaches the central coast, creating storm surge of eight to 12 feet from Longboat Key to Bonita Beach. Widespread catastrophic flooding is expected from both storm surge and heavy rain. Up to two feet of rain is possible in central and northeast Florida through tomorrow.