CLEVELAND (WJW) — Hurricane Ian, which has intensified into a Category 4 hurricane, is expected to make landfall along Florida’s west coast Wednesday evening.
So what does that mean for Northeast Ohio?
FOX 8 meteorologists say Ian will lose power as it moves over land, eventually becoming a tropical depression. Its remnants will make for a warmer weekend. But as for rainfall amounts, it’s still uncertain.
Two models predict that here in Northeast Ohio, we’ll see either rain Sunday evening or Sunday overnight into Monday. Both models are showing we’ll have light rain, if anything.
Meteorologist Scott Sabol took at look at the history of tropical systems near Northeast Ohio for some more insight, according to his blog Scott Sabol’s World of Weather.
“Only 11 tropical systems (mainly depressions and extra-tropical storms) have passed within 100 miles of Cleveland” he reported. “The only systems that were still Tropical Storms were Hugo in 1989 and Candy 1969.”
Sabol then expanded the search to a total of 36 tropical systems have passed within 200 miles of Cleveland. One Hurricane (1896), 7 Tropical Storms (more recent: Hugo 1989) 12 Tropical Depressions (recent: Nate 2017) and 16 Extra Tropical Systems (recent: Sandy 2012 & Nate 2017).
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Ian hit Cuba early Tuesday as a Category 3 storm with sustained winds of 125 mph and as much as 14 feet of storm surge was predicted along Cuba’s coast.
Ian was forecasted to strengthen even more over warm Gulf of Mexico waters. At 10 a.m. Wednesday, it had 155 mph winds, according to the National Hurricane Center, which anticipates “life-threatening storm surge, catastrophic winds, and flooding.”