This will be the last post as far as the storm itself is concerned. We managed to survive the night. This is where and what Ian was at 5 am. I’m sure Ian is even closer to exiting Florida as I write this.
I’m using the Washington Post storm tracker as it provides the clearest forecast track of Ian.
Ian is now “just” a tropical storm. Over the last 12 hours, Ian dropped from a near-category 5 hurricane to a sprawling tropical storm. There’s still lots of wind and rain and I received a flash flood alert from Orange County/Orlando until just about now. I can see lots of debris down, such as branches and leaves everywhere. But we’ve suffered nothing in comparison to Florida’s Gulf coast where Ian came ashore. To give an idea of how bad it is for Florida, here’s a current power outage map for Florida ( https://poweroutage.us/area/state/florida ).
The total number without power right now is sobering: 2.5 million. The worst hit are all the counties showing red on the map. Even Orange county is, well, orange. You can see broadly the swath Ian cut across the Florida peninsula. You can see Ian’s reach up to the northern counties with the green. Ian was a monster storm. It’s going to take a while to pick up from this one. And then we’re going to have to think good and hard about building right on both coasts.
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