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As a meteorologist, Hurricane Ian is the nightmare storm I worry about most

A satellite image of Hurricane Ian as of 7:50 am ET on Wednesday.

Enlarge / A satellite image of Hurricane Ian as of 7:50 am ET on Wednesday. (credit: NOAA)

I have lived near the Texas coast for two decades and written about hurricanes professionally for nearly as long. When you do that, you think a lot about what would become of your home should the worst happen.

Well, the worst is happening in Southwest Florida today.

Hurricane Ian has undergone a remarkable period of intensification during the last 24 hours. After crossing the western end of Cuba and knocking that island nation’s power grid offline, Ian started to weaken a bit Tuesday following this brief interaction with land. It also underwent an “eyewall replacement cycle,” in which the centermost bands of the storm contract and are replaced by a new ring of storms farther out. Often this process temporarily weakens a storm, but Ian was hardly fazed.

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