Ian is now a tropical storm the day after making landfall as one of southwest Florida's most intense hurricanes on record. It still has plenty of heavy rain, coastal flooding, and winds ahead from northeast Florida to the Carolinas.
Ian is a tropical storm whose center is about to emerge off the Florida Space Coast after raking through the peninsula Wednesday.
Extreme rain triggered significant flooding in parts of central Florida. Orlando shattered its all-time 24-hour rainfall record, picking up 11.94 inches from 4 a.m. Wednesday through 4 a.m. Thursday, according to weather historian Christopher Burt. Up to 14 inches of rain has already fallen in parts of the state.
Water levels in Southwest Florida are decreasing after breaking several records for all-time high storm surges in spots like Naples and Fort Myers. But it could take some time before the coastal flooding subsides, there.
Right now, the strongest winds are along northeast Florida's coast, where some gusts have topped 60 mph in Daytona Beach. Some gusts over 50 mph have been clocked in Gainesville, Jacksonville, and Orlando, and over 30 mph gusts have worked their way along the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina.
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