Hurricane Ian Eyewall ‘Moving Onshore’ in Florida

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The eyewall of Category 4 Hurricane Ian started to make landfall along Florida’s Gulf Coast on Wednesday afternoon, bringing high storm surge and 155 mph winds, according to officials with the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

The NHC said at 12 p.m. ET that the eyewall, which includes the hurricane’s most powerful winds, is “moving onshore” near Sanibel and Captiva islands.

The storm is expected to officially make landfall at around 2 p.m. between Venice Beach and Fort Myers, modeling from the NHC said. Major storm surge flooding is now being reported in Fort Meyers.

Over 272,000 customers are without power in Florida because of Hurricane Ian, according to the monitoring website PowerOutage.us. Most outages are being reported in Lee, Collier, Manatee, and Sarasota countries.

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