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ATLANTIC OCEAN - SEPTEMBER 2: In this NOAA GOES-East satellite handout image, Hurricane Dorian, now a Cat. 4 storm, moves slowly past Grand Bahama Island on September 2, 2019 in the Atlantic Ocean. Dorian moved slowly past the Bahamas at times just 1 mph as it unleashed massive flooding and winds of 150 m.p.h. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)

Tropical Strom Ian is now a hurricane and is heading towards Charlotte and the Carolinas. Ian is now a category one hurricane. The National Hurricane Center is watching the track of the storm closely.  The storm could strengthen and reach category 4 status in the next 24-48 hours according to forecasters.

I am the show and station weather nerd so I’ve been watching this storm for a few days now. Hurricane season is usually most active in these upcoming weeks.

Exactly where the storm will make landfall in Florida is still up in the air. Forecasters say the entire state of Florida should expect to be impacted in some way. Hurricane Ian is currently headed in a northwest direction and forecasters warn that residents in Florida need to be prepped for the storm by tomorrow afternoon.

Florida has activated more than two-thousand National Guard members as the storm intensifies and nears the state’s coast.

The hurricane is currently sitting in the Caribbean Sea with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour. It should make landfall around mid-week. All of Florida is currently under a state of emergency. Governor Ron DeSantis is urging all residents to prepare for power outages, fuel disruptions, and evacuations. The hurricane could also reach major status – perhaps Category Four – by tomorrow.

The worst part? The projected cone of landfall. This hurricane is extremely wide, so the entire state of Florida is likely to feel the effect of wind and rain.

The storm is expected to make landfall near the Tampa area, but that track could change.

Of course, you should check with our local weather people for updates and the severity of the storm as it approaches.