September 29, 2022 Hurricane Ian updates (2022)

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1:30 a.m. ET, September 30, 2022

CNN’s continuing coverage of Hurricane Ian can be found here. Bookmark CNN’s lite site for fast connectivity.

12:03 a.m. ET, September 30, 2022

Hurricane Ian strengthens to maximum winds of nearly 85 mph

From CNN's Robert Shackelford

An Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft has indicated that Ian's maximum winds have increased to nearly 85 mph, according to a special update from the National Hurricane Center.

The storm is centered about 185 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina, and is moving north-northeast at 10 mph, the hurricane center said late Thursday.

A hurricane warning has been issued from the Savannah River at the Georgia-South Carolina border to Cape Fear, North Carolina.

12:19 a.m. ET, September 30, 2022

"I'd say 90% of the island is pretty much gone," Fort Myers Beach council member says

From CNN’s Amanda Musa

September 29, 2022 Hurricane Ian updates (1)

The city of Fort Myers Beach on Florida's southwest coast was leveled by Hurricane Ian, a local politician said late Thursday.

“I made it about two-thirds down the island and I'd say 90% of the island is pretty much gone,” Fort Myers Beach Town Councilman Dan Allers tells CNN’s Don Lemon. “Unless you have a high-rise condo or a newer concrete home that is built to the same standards today, your house is pretty much gone.”

The city, with a population of around 5,600 people, is on Estero Island in the Gulf of Mexico.

Many people struggled to get to higher ground amid the storm surge, Allers said.

“I've heard stories of people getting in freezers and floating the freezers to another home … and being rescued by higher homes,” Allers said.

Instead of where homes stood, there's only rubble, the council member said.

“Every home pretty much on the beach is gone,” Allers said. “Some of the homes on the side streets are completely gone, and there's nothing but a hole with water,” he said.

Allers, who evacuated to higher ground during the storm, later discovered that his own home was lost.

"Everything obviously inside was gone," he said, although the structure survived. "We might be able to rebuild," he added.

(Video) Tropical weather forecast: Ian aftermath on Sept. 29, 2022
11:16 p.m. ET, September 29, 2022

Hurricane Ian has strengthened and shifted a little to the east ahead of South Carolina landfall

From CNN's Robert Shackelford

Hurricane Ian has strengthened slightly with winds of 80 mph, according to the 11 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

Ian is located about 185 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina, with a track that has shifted slightly to the east, the hurricane center said.

Landfall is now expected just west of Myrtle Beach.

(Video) Tracking Tropical Storm Ian 9/29/2022 5AM

Storm surge, high winds and life-threatening flooding are still expected for much of the Carolinas on Friday, the advisory said.

11:04 p.m. ET, September 29, 2022

Walt Disney World will have a phased re-opening on Friday. Here are the details

September 29, 2022 Hurricane Ian updates (2)

The Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World will be the first theme park to open Friday as part of a phased resumption of activities at the Orlando-based entertainment complex, the company said late Thursday.

According to the timeline, the openings will be as follows:

However, Disney Resort guests and those staying at other select hotels will be entitled to early entry that begins two hours prior to the listed times, the company said.

Among the other attractions, Disney's Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf will reopen at 3:00 p.m. and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will open from 5:00 to 8:00 pm for scheduled events.

Some attractions won't re-open Friday, the company said.

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park will re-open on Sunday, and the Winter Summerland Miniature Golf and Fairways Miniature Golf will stay "temporarily closed" for now.

10:30 p.m. ET, September 29, 2022

Collier County sets a curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. until further notice

From CNN’s Amy Simonson

A mandatory curfew has been set for Collier County, Florida, between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., according to the sheriff's office.

The curfew will remain in effect until further notice, according to the Collier County Sheriff's Department.

(Video) Tracking Hurricane Ian September 29, 2022

“The purpose of the curfew is to protect the safety of the citizens of Collier County and their property as they begin the process of recovering from the effects of Hurricane Ian,” the statement said.

According to the statement, the curfew does not apply to emergency responders, employees at health care facilities, critical staff for businesses that provide essential services or those seeking medical assistance.

Collier County, with a population of around 385,000 people, is in southwest Florida and is home to the city of Naples.

10:54 p.m. ET, September 29, 2022

Mayor of Sanibel says the island isn't livable even though some residents stayed behind

From CNN’s Amanda Musa

September 29, 2022 Hurricane Ian updates (3)

Mayor of Sanibel Holly Smith said Thursday she plans to fly out to the hard-hit island tomorrow to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Ian.

While speaking with CNN’s John Berman, Smith reacted to on-air images of the destruction.

“I just want to say some of these images that you're showing me… it's the first time I've seen them, Smith said. “So, when I take a look at it, it's pretty emotional for me.”

Earlier Thursday. Gov. Ron DeSantis said the Sanibel Causeway —the only connection to the mainland for Sanibel and Captiva islands — will need either a major overhaul or a complete rebuild.

Smith says one of her priorities is to assess the island’s power grid and clear roads to make sure it is safe for the residents who stayed behind.

When asked if the island was still livable for those who were there, Smith responded:

“Frankly, no but they do have the right to stay there. And right now, you know, it's important for us to just go ahead and say ‘OK, do you have food and water? Are you OK?’, as we go to those next areas because it's going to take a few days for us to get to all of the places.”

9:25 p.m. ET, September 29, 2022

Hurricane Ian could hit South Carolina around high tide Friday, worsening the flood danger, forecasts say

From CNN's Taylor Ward

(Video) Global National: Sept. 29, 2022 | Hurricane Ian leaves path of devastation across Florida

Hurricane Ian is intensifying as it moves toward the coast of South Carolina and, according to NOAA Tides and Currents, it could hit the state around high tide on Friday.

In Charleston, a city that is especially vulnerable to coastal flooding, the high tide is at 11:41 a.m. ET. In Myrtle Beach, high tide is at 11:18 a.m. ET.

Hurricane Ian is expected to move onshore near or just after these high tide times, according to forecasts.

Why this is important: Tidal ranges along the Eastern Seaboard are much larger than they are in the Gulf of Mexico.Ian initially made landfall in Cuba before hitting the southwestern coast of Florida on Wednesday.

In Charleston and Myrtle Beach, the difference in water levels from high to low tide is around 6 feet. This could be critical because a storm surge of 4-7 feet on top of high tide will exacerbate the flooding in low-lying areas.

Read more about the danger of storm surge:

9:32 p.m. ET, September 29, 2022

Orlando International now among other Florida airports set to reopen Friday

From CNN's Pete Muntean

Orlando International Airport will reopen at noon ET on Friday, according to a tweet from the airport.

Earlier Thursday, CNN reported that airport officials did not yet have a reopening timeline.

Jacksonville International Airport also said in a tweet that it will reopen Friday, along with several other of the state's 11 airports.

The Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers, which was hard hit by Hurricane Ian, will remain closed except to emergency personnel and humanitarian flights, according to a statement.


When did Hurricane Ian make landfall in Florida 2022? ›

Where did Hurricane Ian make landfall in the U.S.? Hurricane Ian's center roared ashore at 150 mph near Cayo Costa, a barrier island west of Fort Myers, shortly after 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, September 28, 2022.

Is Hurricane Ian going to hit North Carolina? ›

Ian is forecast to move across central North Carolina early Saturday and western Virginia by early Sunday. 4:30 p.m. Friday: Hurricane Ian has destroyed at least four piers along South Carolina's northern coast. The brunt of the surge and waves from the Category 1 storm hit around Myrtle Beach on Friday.

Where did Hurricane Ian hit in Florida 2022? ›

Hurricane Ian

Is Hurricane Ian going to hit South Carolina? ›

Hurricane Ian is nearing its final landfall along the South Carolina coast. Life-threatening storm surge, damaging winds and flooding rainfall are now moving onshore in association with Ian's eyewall, which contains the hurricane's strongest winds. Landfall is expected soon in South Carolina.

What is the deadliest hurricane to hit Florida? ›

Florida's deadliest hurricane ever is the Okeechobee Hurricane of 1928, which killed more than 2,500 people. The exact number of deaths remains unknown and historians say it could have been much higher. It is the second deadliest hurricane to strike the United States, behind the 1900 Galveston Hurricane.

What was the worst hurricane to hit Florida? ›

The strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall on the state was the 1935 Labor Day hurricane, which crossed the Florida Keys with a pressure of 892 mbar (hPa; 26.35 inHg); it is also the strongest hurricane on record to strike the United States.

What can NC expect from Ian? ›

Impacts for Central N.C. Friday through Sunday will include heavy rain, possible flash flooding, gusty winds, and a few isolated tornadoes. In Eastern N.C., coastal flooding is expected along with beach erosion, and high surf (inundation of 1-3 feet along some low-lying coastal areas) from Thursday through Saturday.

Is Hurricane Ian worse than Katrina? ›

Hurricane Ian is now the deadliest hurricane in the continental United States since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It made landfall on September 28 along Florida's gulf coast at Category 4 strength, with sustained winds of 155 mph driving a storm surge as high as 18 feet, flinging boats and sweeping homes off foundations.

Is Hurricane Ian going to hit the Outer Banks? ›

Storm: Tropical Storm Ian

According to the latest weather models, remnants of Tropical Storm Ian are forecast to have some impact across the Outer Banks through the weekend, bringing gusty winds and heavy rainfall along our coast.

How far inland did Ian storm surge go? ›

Water levels rose more than seven feet in the Caloosahatchee River that separates Cape Coral and Fort Myers, as measured some 20 miles inland from the gulf.

What states will Hurricane Ian hit? ›

Hurricane Ian
Category 4 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
Hurricane Ian at peak intensity while approaching southwest Florida on September 28
Areas affectedTrinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Colombia, ABC islands, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Southeast United States (especially Florida and The Carolinas)
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What time is Hurricane Ian hitting Florida? ›

Ian came ashore near Cayo Costa, Florida, at 3:05 p.m. EDT with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph, tying the record for the fifth-strongest hurricane on record to strike the United States. It was the strongest hurricane to hit Florida since Michael in 2018.

What part of Florida will Ian hit? ›

Key Facts. The southwest Florida coast where Ian made landfall on Wednesday as a Category 4 storm experienced the harshest effects from the storm, including Lee County, which covers Fort Myers and Cape Coral, which were “inundated and devastated” by Ian, Florida Gov.

Will Hilton Head Be Affected By Ian? ›

The National Weather Service has issued a hurricane warning for the coast of South Carolina, including Hilton Head Island. The storm is moving into the Atlantic Ocean with sustained winds at around 70 miles per hour.

Where will Hurricane Ian land in South Carolina? ›

Hurricane Ian takes aim at Carolina coast on Sept; 30th, 2022. Hurricane Ian came ashore near Georgetown, South Carolina, on Friday afternoon, knocking out power to more than 180,000 customers 20 minutes after landfall.

What is the number 1 strongest hurricane? ›

The Most Intense Hurricanes in the United States 1851-2004
1Unnamed (FL Keys)1935
2Camille (MS, SE LA, VA)1969
3Andrew (SE FL, SE LA)1992
4TX (Indianola)1886
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What part of Florida is safest from hurricanes? ›

The Least Hurricane-Prone Areas in Florida

Take Northeast Florida for instance. This large area has seen just 26 total hurricanes, including just a single Category 3 since the scale was introduced 167 years ago. That means, on average, Northeast Florida gets hit by a hurricane every 6.5 years or so.

What part of Florida gets hit hardest by hurricanes? ›

1. Southeast Florida (Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach) Southeast Florida is very susceptible to hurricanes, given its location at the tip of the state. Most large hurricanes affect Southeast Florida with storm surges and plentiful rain – and those that make direct landfall can cause severe damage.

What are the 3 worst hurricanes? ›

Here's a look back at some of the worst hurricanes to hit the U.S. in history.
  • The Cheniere Caminada Hurricane 1893. ...
  • Galveston Hurricane 1900. ...
  • San Felipe-Okeechobee Hurricane 1928. ...
  • The Great Labor Day Hurricane 1935. ...
  • Hurricane Camille 1969. ...
  • Hurricane Andrew 1992. ...
  • Hurricane Katrina 2005. ...
  • Hurricane Sandy 2012.
28 Sept 2022

What part of Florida is least hit by hurricanes? ›

Safest Places to Live in Florida From Hurricanes
  • Leesburg. Leesburg, Florida is considered one of the safest places in the state when it comes to the risk of hurricanes. ...
  • Orlando. If you're looking for hurricane-safe Florida cities, you'll want to check out O-Town. ...
  • Sanford. ...
  • Kissimmee. ...
  • Palatka. ...
  • Lake City. ...
  • Naples. ...
  • Ocala.
25 Nov 2021

What are the top 3 strongest hurricanes ever? ›

The largest hurricane death toll on record is the Bangladesh Cyclone of 1970, an estimated 500,000 people died due to the storm surge, according to the National Weather Service.
  • Florida (Keys) - 1935, 408 casualties.
  • Louisiana (Last Island) - 1856, 400 casualties.
  • Florida (Miami) - 1926, 372 casualties.
28 Sept 2022

Should NC be worried about Hurricane Ian? ›

North Carolina could see heavy rainfall and possible flooding and tornadoes on Friday and Saturday from the remnants of Ian.

Can you be fired for any reason in NC? ›

The term "employment-at-will" simply means that unless there is a specific law to protect employees or there is an employment contract providing otherwise, then an employer can treat its employees as it sees fit (including the assignment of demeaning tasks) and the employer can discharge an employee at the will of the ...

Will Charlotte be affected by Ian? ›

Ian made its second landfall as a hurricane in South Carolina on Friday. This brought heavy rain, gusty winds, power outages and some structural damage to Charlotte.

What was the baddest hurricane ever? ›

  • The Galveston Hurricane of 1900 was, and still is, the deadliest hurricane to hit the United States. ...
  • A large section of Galveston was destroyed by the storm. ...
  • The Miami Hurricane of 1926 crippled Florida for decades. ...
  • The Okeechobee Hurricane of 1928 was the second-deadliest hurricane to hit the US.
29 Sept 2022

What's the deadliest hurricane in U.S. history? ›

Galveston, Texas Hurricane of 1900

Considered the deadliest U.S. natural disaster, the Category 4 hurricane in Galveston, Texas, destroyed more than 3,600 buildings with 135 mph winds, according to the History Channel. The estimated death toll is in a range from 6,000 to 12,000.

What was the largest hurricane ever? ›

Typhoon Tip, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Warling, was the largest and most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded.

Will a hurricane hit North Carolina in 2022? ›

In low-lying areas of eastern North Carolina, Ian's heavy rains could mean possible flash flooding. In August, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said it continued to predict an above-average 2022 Atlantic hurricane season despite a slow start.

Did Ocracoke get hit by Ian? ›

As Tropical Storm Ian worked its way through central North Carolina Friday afternoon, Ocracoke has largely been spared, but received high, gusty winds and rain beginning Thursday night and into Friday that caused suspension of the ferry service. By Friday evening, it had tapered to intermittent rain.

Are Sharks a problem in the Outer Banks? ›

Atlantic sharpnose sharks are among the most common in North Carolina / Outer Banks waters. The adults can reach 4 feet in length and are found during the summer and autumn. Chances of encountering a shark in North Carolina waters are very low.

What is a level 7 storm? ›

6 Strong Breeze. 40 to 50 km/h. 7 Near Gale. 51 to 61 km/h. 8 Gale.

What was the longest tracked storm on record? ›

Hurricane John, also known as Typhoon John, was both the longest-lasting and the farthest-traveling tropical cyclone ever observed.

How high did the water get in Ian? ›

The 10-15 feet peak high water levels at Fort Myers Beach puts Ian among some of the higher storm surges in history in the Atlantic basin but well below peak water levels reported in some of the most legendary storms on the northern Gulf Coast.

What 3 states do hurricanes hit the most? ›

States where major hurricanes hit the most
RankStateAll hurricanes
-Entire Atlantic & Gulf Coast301
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26 Aug 2022

What city is hit most by hurricanes? ›

Since coastal states in the south are extremely susceptible to getting hit hard by hurricanes, it's no surprise that Miami, Florida tops the list as the most vulnerable city at risk of being hit by a hurricane, according to data from the NOAA's Hurricane Research Division.

Where is the safest location from hurricanes? ›

Experts say stay away from windows, doors

The safest place to be in your home to be during Hurricane Irma is on the lowest floor.

Has Florida ever hit a Category 5 hurricane? ›

Florida Keys Labor Day Hurricane 1935

Phenomenal strengthening then occurred, and when the storm reached the middle Florida Keys on September 2, it was a Category 5 hurricane.

Where is Hurricane Ian hitting Florida? ›

The trajectory of the storm shifted south throughout the day, with officials now expecting Ian's center to hit between Fort Myers and Sarasota before traveling northeast across the state. “There's a lot of potential for flooding and storm surge in that part of the state,” DeSantis said.

Where is Hurricane Ian expected for landfall? ›

A late-season hurricane is expected to make landfall in eastern Florida on Wednesday night, hitting a state still reeling in the aftermath of the damage wrought by Hurricane Ian last month.

Will Florida ever break off? ›

Florida Is Not Disappearing Tomorrow

Global warming, the melting of the polar ice caps, and the porous limestone are big problems for Florida. However, this is a problem that will slowly get worse over the course of the century and will not render large parts of the state uninhabitable in the near term.

How long is Hurricane Ian expected to last? ›

Hurricane Ian expected to make landfall in South Carolina

Charleston could be the epicentre of the storm in the next 24 hours, with meteorologists warning of 7-foot storm surges and a severe risk of flooding.

Did Clearwater Beach get hit by Ian? ›

Petersburg and Clearwater were minimally impacted from the hurricane, according to Visit St.

Did Daufuskie Island get hit by Ian? ›

Daufuskie Island reported some significant damage. Beaufort got lucky with Hurricane Ian. We almost can't say that enough. Yes, hurricanes are a part of the Lowcountry life we all experience here in our little slice of paradise.

How much rain did Hilton Head get from Ian? ›

A gauge in Bluffton showed the area got about 1.23 inches of rain in 24 hours and Hilton Head Island saw about 1.18 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

How will Ian affect Charleston? ›

High surf, dangerous rip currents and beach erosion are also a possibility. Gusty winds – which could reach tropical storm force – will likely begin to develop Wednesday night through Friday. “Winds will be highest over the coastal waters and along the immediate coast.

What is the strongest hurricane to hit South Carolina? ›

Hurricane Hugo, September 1989

Considered by many to be the worst hurricane in modern South Carolina history. The storm leveled parts of the Charleston area, as well as the southern Grand Strand, before cutting through the center of South Carolina, smacking the Columbia and Sumter areas, and blasting Charlotte.

Where is Carolina Tornado Alley? ›

The newest "alley" ranks fourth behind Dixie Alley, Hoosier Alley, and Tornado Alley. The new-ish Carolina Alley extends from northern Georgia, on a narrow path across South Carolina, and then follows along the path of the I-95 corridor into North Carolina.

Is South Carolina safe from hurricane? ›

South Carolina is one of the most hurricane ravaged states in the country. The entire state, from the mountains to the coast, is susceptible to hurricane and tropical storm impacts. The coastal areas of the state can be susceptible to storm surge, high winds, flooding and tornadoes.

What time did Ian make landfall in Florida? ›

Ian came ashore near Cayo Costa, Florida, at 3:05 p.m. EDT with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph, tying the record for the fifth-strongest hurricane on record to strike the United States. It was the strongest hurricane to hit Florida since Michael in 2018.

Has Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida? ›

It became a high end Category 4 hurricane early on September 28, 2022, while progressing towards the west coast of Florida, and made landfall just below peak intensity in southwest Florida on Cayo Costa Island.

How many hurricanes has Florida had in 2022? ›

So far in 2022, we've had nine named storms. We've had four hurricanes and two major hurricanes, including Ian, which made landfall on the Gulf Coast of Florida as a Category 4.

Where did Hurricane Ian land in Florida? ›

Hurricane Ian

Will Miami be affected by Ian? ›

Miami-Dade County will avoid direct impact from Hurricane Ian, but we are actively experiencing heavy rain and wind and expect flooding.

What is the projected path of Ian? ›

Hurricane Ian projected path

The storm crossed the Florida peninsula and into the Atlantic Ocean. Meteorologists predict it will make a second landfall near the Georgia and South Carolina border as either a tropical storm or a Category 1 hurricane.

Where is the safest place in Florida from hurricanes? ›

If you want to stay as safe as possible from hurricanes but still want to reap the benefits of being a Florida citizen, inland Florida near the northern border of Georgia is the best place to live. It is the least hurricane-prone area in Florida.

What months are the worst for hurricanes? ›

The strongest time for hurricane activity seems to be between mid-August through mid-October. Wind factors and temperature and moisture are perfect during this time to encourage cyclonic activity.

What year did 5 hurricanes hit Florida? ›

Bonnie, Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne are five names Florida cannot forget. Regarded as one of the most active, destructive, and costly hurricane seasons of the past century, 2004 had five landfall impacts in just six short weeks.

What month in Florida has the most hurricanes? ›

What month in Florida has the most hurricanes? September is the peak month of hurricane season in Florida. This is when 40 percent of all tropical cyclones occur. September 10 is the exact peak date of the Atlantic hurricane season.

What is the best place to live in Florida away from hurricanes? ›

Safest Places to Live in Florida From Hurricanes
  • Leesburg. Leesburg, Florida is considered one of the safest places in the state when it comes to the risk of hurricanes. ...
  • Orlando. If you're looking for hurricane-safe Florida cities, you'll want to check out O-Town. ...
  • Sanford. ...
  • Kissimmee. ...
  • Palatka. ...
  • Lake City. ...
  • Naples. ...
  • Ocala.
25 Nov 2021


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