Hurricane Ian Tracker: Graphics from the most recent forecast models
Hurricane Ian is battering the western edge of Cuba and is expected to make landfall as a Category 4 storm on Florida's west coast as early as Wednesday. After passing through Cuba,
Ian is expected to intensify further in the Gulf of Mexico before making landfall in Florida. Tampa and St. Petersburg are ready for a direct strike from a big storm for the first time in a century. Scroll down for the most recent Ian updates and watch the video above.
The National Hurricane Center stated in a Monday morning forecast discussion that by the middle of this week, "there is a risk of a life-threatening storm surge, hurricane-force winds, and heavy rainfall along the west coast of Florida and the Florida Panhandle regardless of Ian's exact track and intensity."
Satellite for the Caribbean
The center of Ian is likely to travel close or over western Cuba Monday night and early Tuesday, according to the forecast track. Maximum sustained winds have risen to approach 100 miles per hour, with greater gusts.
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