All eyes were on Ian today as he hammered most of the Florida peninsula.
Ian is rapidly weakening over land this evening, but is still forecast to be a tropical storm approaching the Atlantic tomorrow.
Above is the latest track (as of 8 p.m.) from the National Hurricane Center.
This forecast track continues the slight eastward push we’ve seen over the last few updates.
As Iain approaches Middle Georgia, we will begin to see a greater influence of the high pressure center to the north.
This will create a wind gradient, which is essentially an increase in wind speed due to the proximity of two opposing pressures.
Wind gusts will be up to 40 meters per second, especially in the southeastern regions of the country.
Sustained winds will pick up to 20 mph tomorrow.
The high will stay around 70 degrees until the end of the week.
Friday will be the day we see Ian make his second landfall, this time on the Atlantic coast.
There are still some questions about where that exit will take place, and that will make a big difference to our exposure here in Middle Georgia.
In the model above, the center of circulation would move in South Carolina near Charleston.
This would be the best scenario for us, and as a result, a dry part of our territory would be preserved.
In this model (above), Ian will make landfall near Savannah, bringing rain to Middle Georgia.
This decision will keep wind gusts slightly higher and increase rainfall totals to about 1-3 inches by Saturday.
Even so, it will be windy through Friday and at least Saturday morning.
Wind gusts will reach 40 and possibly even 50 mph near landfall.
These strong conditions may cause several trees to fall and power outages.
The heaviest rainfall will be in areas closest to the coast, with most of us getting less than 2 inches of rain.
The forecast will be fairly quiet for the rest of the weekend and into next week.
Highs will slowly warm into the mid 70s and low 80s next week.