Watching for impacts from Hurricane Ian
GREENVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - A stretch of sunny Fall weather takes over for a few days, with increasing potential for impacts from Hurricane Ian at the end of the week.
First Alert Headlines
- Cool, but dry weather most of the week
- Ian becomes a hurricane, en route toward the Gulf Coast this week
- First Alert Weather Days on Friday and Saturday
After a beautiful Monday, things take a much chillier turn tonight under mostly clear skies. Lows dip to the low 50s upstate, but folks in the mountains can expect more of a chill as lows dive into the 40s by morning!
Sunny skies continue Tuesday through Thursday, with increasingly cool conditions taking over as a cold air wedge pushes in from the north. Highs gradually trend downward from the 70s, to widespread 60s by Thursday. All of this calm coming before impacts from Ian coming up on Friday.
Ian continues to intensify, becoming a category 2 Monday evening as it heads toward Western Cuba. Rapid intensification is expected to continue and Ian could be a category 3 hurricane as it makes landfall in Cuba on Tuesday. The warm waters of the southern Gulf of Mexico allow Ian to keep intensifying to a dangerous category 4 hurricane on Wednesday, taking aim at Florida. The storm encounters drier air and high wind shear as it approaches Florida, which will likely weaken the storm prior to landfall. But it’s important not to focus on the intensity with this storm, because major impacts are still expected for Florida. Ian slows down on it’s approach, prolonging the impacts so significant storm surge is a major concern from south Florida to north of Tampa as well as the potential for heavy rain.
From there, potential is growing for direct impacts to be felt here in the Southeast. As Ian tracks inland over Florida and weakens on Friday. There’s still a lot of uncertainty in where the center of the storm tracks. It is still too early to nail down any specifics, but a track closer to us would bring an increased risk for heavy rain, strong wind, and possibly severe weather later Friday into Saturday and maybe even lingering into Sunday. As of right now, we have issued First Alert Weather Days for Friday and Saturday when we think the worst of Ian impacts the area. But there is a lot of time for things to change before the end of the week, so make sure to check back with us for updates!
All else is quiet in the tropics with the exception of a disturbance in the central Atlantic that has a modest chance of development over the next five days.
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