(KTEN) — Hurricane Ian made landfall in Cayo Costa, Florida, as a strong Category 4 storm on Wednesday afternoon. It packed maximum sustained winds of 150 mph, just 7 mph shy of a low-end Category 5 storm.

Hurricane Ian's track takes it to the Atlantic before making a second landfall in the Carolinas

 

Hurricane Ian made landfall as the fourth strongest hurricane to hit Florida, tied with Charley back in 2004.

Believe it or not, Ian made landfall in the EXACT location that Charley made landfall.

Ian is the 14th Category 4 or 5 storm to make landfall in Florida in recorded history.

Catastrophic storm surge flooding was forecast for many locations along the western coast of Florida.

Up to 18 feet of storm surge flooding could occur due to Hurricane Ian

 

With Ian passing to the south of Tampa Bay, Florida, the offshore flow of wind and water allowed for the bay to lose significant amounts of water, enough to allow the bottom of the bay to be exposed.

More than 20” of rain could fall in localized areas as Ian slowly crosses the Florida Peninsula into the Atlantic Ocean.

Over 20

 

Once in the Atlantic, Ian will impact the Carolinas as it is forecast to make a second landfall somewhere along the Carolina coastline.

Hurricane Ian's track takes it to the Atlantic before making a second landfall in the Carolinas