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Storm surge now up to 12 feet, but south of TB! Track shifted southeast with sooner landfall!

There has been a notable trend toward the hurricane remaining more intact up through landfall, meaning Ian is likely to turn to the northeast and not move as slowly as previously anticipated. However, it should be emphasized that this track remains very uncertain, with a typical spread in the steering features leading to big speed and track differences down the line, not to mention the oblique angle of approach to Florida. The latest forecast is adjusted to the southeast for this advisory, showing landfall 6-12 hours faster than before, and we will have to see if the southern trend continues in the afternoon guidance.

The hurricane should remain in a favorable environment for re-strengthening over the next day or so while it moves over the warm waters of the southeastern Gulf of Mexico and in light-shear conditions. While the shear should increase by tomorrow, it isn't expected to be enough to significantly weaken the hurricane before landfall. Model guidance is in fairly good agreement on this scenario, and the NHC intensity forecast continues to call for an extremely dangerous hurricane landfall for southwestern Florida.

FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS INIT 27/1500Z 23.0N 83.5W 100 KT 115 MPH 12H 28/0000Z 24.4N 83.3W 115 KT 130 MPH 24H 28/1200Z 26.0N 83.0W 115 KT 130 MPH 36H 29/0000Z 27.1N 82.5W 110 KT 125 MPH 48H 29/1200Z 27.8N 82.1W 75 KT 85 MPH...INLAND 60H 30/0000Z 28.5N 81.7W 60 KT 70 MPH...INLAND 72H 30/1200Z 29.5N 81.5W 50 KT 60 MPH...INLAND 96H 01/1200Z 33.0N 81.8W 35 KT 40 MPH...INLAND 120H 02/1200Z 35.0N 81.5W 25 KT 30 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP

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