This image shows the National Hurricane Center's 5-day track and intensity forecast cone of Atlantic AL092022 Hurricane Ian. For more information, visit https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/. This image shows the National Hurricane Center’s 5-day track and intensity forecast cone of Atlantic AL092022 Hurricane Ian. For more information, visit https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.

A quiet North Atlantic hurricane season kicked into life Wednesday as Hurricane Ian made landfall in southwest Florida as a high-end Category 4 major weather event. This is the ninth tropical storm of the current season and the fourth hurricane. Early in the day, 18 counties in Florida had issued mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders. National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecasts indicated the eye of Hurricane Ian moved over south-central Florida as it headed north toward the Carolinas.

Dramatic images from the storm included the Tampa Bay emptying out as the storm sucked water toward the ocean, and then the reverse happening later in Fort Meyers, as storm surge washed over the city.

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