Hurricane Ian weakened this Thursday morning, hours after reaching the state of Florida (USA), where it caused serious damage, heavy rains, winds and floods.
Ian was downgraded to tropical storm status by the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) in its 05:00 update on Thursday.
This phenomenon was located 40 miles southeast of Orlando, according to the agency. Ian is expected to surface over Atlantic waters later Thursday, he added.
The NHC said tropical storm conditions are occurring on parts of Florida’s east and west coasts and should spread north along the coasts of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina through Friday.
Ian made landfall Wednesday afternoon in Lee County, southwest Florida, producing 150 mph winds and a storm surge of more than 7 feet in Naples. (YO)
9/29 8am EDT UPDATE: Coastal water levels continue to subside along the western coast of FL. There is a danger of life-threatening storm surges today through Friday along the coasts of northeast FL, GA, and SC. Residents in these areas should follow advice from local officials. pic.twitter.com/8tRsIeGRpz
— NHC Storm Surge (@NHC_Surge) September 29, 2022
Tropical Storm #Ian Advisory 27A: Ian Producing Catastrophic Flooding Over East-Central Florida. Forecast to Produce Life-Threatening Flooding, Storm Surge and Gusty Winds Across Portions of Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 29, 2022