MACON, Ga. (41NBC/WMGT) – Clouds and winds will increase this afternoon in Middle Georgia as Hurricane Ian continues to move north.
Sunny weather continued around Middle Georgia today. However, some clouds could be seen in the southeast. These clouds are associated with Hurricane Ian and will move northward all day today. Middle Georgia high temperatures this afternoon will be slightly cooler than yesterday as a cold front moves through. Highs will only reach the 80s for much of the region, with some spots potentially reaching the 70s. North wind 6-12 meters per second, with gusts up to 20 meters per second.
Winds will pick up even more tonight, with gusts around 25 mph tomorrow morning. Cloud cover will also thicken and humidity will begin to increase as moisture from Jan approaches. Temperatures will still be in the low 50s across the region, however, and a jacket is recommended for strong winds.
There won’t be nearly as much sun overhead in Middle Georgia this Wednesday. While the upper level clouds are letting in some sun, it won’t be enough to really warm you up. Highs will reach the mid 70s around Middle Georgia as winds continue to pick up out of the NNE. Sustained speeds may drop to 10-20 mph tomorrow with gusts up to 30 mph. However, rain is not expected.
This intensity of wind will continue tomorrow evening as Ian continues its path. Gusts can reach 35 meters per hour. The low will be around 50 degrees with mostly cloudy skies.
As Ian prepares to leave Cuba, it becomes clearer. A cold front stalled for a bit over southeast Georgia and northern Florida, forcing the storm to turn eastward as it approaches the west side of the Florida peninsula. At this time, landfall around the Tampa Bay area is expected sometime late tomorrow or early Thursday. The storm will likely be a Category 2 or 3 storm upon landfall and is expected to move into central Florida shortly thereafter.
After that, the models split up, with some headed north to South Georgia, while others return to sea for a future landfall in the Carolinas. Depending on how far east it goes will depend on the amount of rain in Middle Georgia from Thursday through Sunday. A north-facing track will add a few inches to the area, while an east-facing track will limit almost all exposure. At this time, however, an eastern route seems more likely. The photos above are one such example as Ian made landfall Wednesday night (photo in the Tomorrow section) before crossing Florida back into the Atlantic.
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