Nearly all of Florida — except areas south of Lake Okeechobee and the Panhandle — is in the National Hurricane Center’s forecast cone for Hurricane Ian, forecasters said. The latest forecast track shows the hurricane making landfall near Englewood and Port Charlotte, then moving northeast toward Orlando and Central Florida.
The Gulf coast from Bonita Springs north to Tarpon Springs is under a hurricane warning. Hurricane, tropical storm and storm surge watches and warnings are in effect elsewhere on both coasts of the state plus Lake Okeechobee. A state of emergency is in effect for nearly the entire state, and forecasters warned there is much uncertainty about the storm’s track.
A tropical storm warning was issued early Tuesday for the entire east coast of Florida including Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties north to the George border. Tornado watches are in effect in South Florida and two tornadoes touched down on Tuesday night in Broward County.
Here’s the latest forecast track including the so-called “spaghetti models,” which show the range of possible tracks based on various computer models: