Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis, has already said that Hurricane Ian is one of the five worst in the state’s history. The storm has caused widespread flooding and storm surge, and forecasters are predicting more rain over the next few days.
A storm bringing at least four inches of rain occurs once every three years in Florida, according to Florida State University’s Florida Climate Center. In many places, the totals have met or surpassed that amount, and heavy rainfall will continue throughout the next few days, according to the National Weather Service.
Here are where the rainfall totals stood for Wednesday and what is expected in some parts of Florida, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Two areas along Florida’s southeast coast, Palm City and Coral Springs, got up to eight inches of rain.
Fort Myers, near where Ian made landfall Wednesday along Florida’s southwestern coast, got up to six inches of rain.
In South Florida, low-lying Miami was hit with up to four inches.
The Orlando area, the central city home to Walt Disney World Resort, is expected to see up to 20 inches of rainfall over the next few days.
The forecast for Tampa Bay, along the central Gulf Coast calls for up to 15 inches.
In Florida’s most populous city, Jacksonville, in the state’s northeast corner, 10 inches of rain are forecast.
Most of Florida’s west and northeastern coasts, running north to North Charleston, S.C., are under surge warnings, which indicate there is the danger of surge within 36 hours. Farther north into South Carolina, coastal cities are under storm surge watches, which indicate there is the possibility of surge within 48 hours.
Here is what some areas of Florida have experienced and what is expected, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Along the southwest coast from Englewood to Bonita Beach, surges reached up to 18 feet above ground level and were continuing.
Fort Myers recorded storm surges of up to 12 feet, making some areas too dangerous for water rescue.
In Tampa Bay, surges were forecast to reach 6 feet.
Chokoloskee, a small island off the southwestern coast, was expected to have storm surges of 12 feet.
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