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Hurricane Ian Makes Landfall as a Category 4 Storm

Tropical Weather
This satellite image taken at 3:06 p.m. EDT and provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Ian making landfall in southwest Florida near Cayo Costa on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, as a catastrophic Category 4 storm. (NOAA via AP)

Hurricane Ian has made landfall in Southwestern Florida as a massive Category 4 storm. About 2.5 million people had been ordered to evacuate the area before the storm hit with maximum sustained winds of 150 miles per hour. Forecasters say storm surges between 12 to 18 feet are expected. Jamie Rhome, Acting Director of the National Hurricane Center says while not as extreme, both coastal Georgia and South Carolina should also brace for impact.

John Knox, a UGA Geography Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator for the Atmospheric Sciences Program tells us we could see heavy rain and gusty winds in Athens.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!