As of early Wednesday afternoon ET, Hurricane Ian was a dangerous Category 4 hurricane, with winds up to 155 miles per hour just off the coast of Florida and heading for the continental United States after beating Cuba on Tuesday.
At 12:35 p.m. ET, Ian’s intensity was building up to the upper limits of category 4on track to become a Category 5. His eyewall landed on Sanibel and Captiva Islands – barrier islands just off the west coast of Florida, late morning.
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Hurricane activity over the years has links to climate change. Some of these impacts are clear, particularly higher rainfall and historic floodingas well as larger storm surges.
Other impacts, such as how the relentless ocean warming affect the growth strength of these storms, is an area of intensive and ongoing research.
While Ian’s path has been particularly unpredictable over the past few days, as the possibilities narrow, it seems very likely that the storm will heavily affect populated communities around Gasparilla Sound-Charlotte Harbor, including Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda.
A live webcam shows Hurricane Ian approaching Charlotte Harbor, Florida
A webcam, a live stream of Dave Lewison and Scott McPartland on their YouTube channel, StormChasingVideoshows conditions in Charlotte Harbor as the storm approaches.
Thousands of people were watching the live video, which depicts a suburban landscape, including a parking lot and roadway, as well as a view of a remote neighborhood, as winds and rain worsen.