Hurricane Ian is tracking toward the Florida coast as the storm threatens to make a historic landfall within hours.
The storm has rapidly intensified into a Category 4 hurricane, and the National Hurricane Center’s predicted path is entirely focused on central Florida.
If the predictions are accurate, Hurricane Ian will make landfall in the U.S. somewhere relatively near Fort Myers Wednesday afternoon. The storm will slowly move inland as it turns northward and carves across central Florida.
As of Wednesday morning, Hurricane Ian is threatening to bring storm surge of up to 12 feet to some areas of the coast between Bonita Beach and Fort Myers. Tampa Bay is expecting up to six feet of storm surge as of Wednesday morning.
As the storm continues to approach the coastline, several webcams show realtime conditions across the central Florida coastline. See the following webcams below to see for yourself what it looks like as Hurricane Ian approaches.
Hundreds of people were watching the beach webcam of the PierSide Grill restaurant in the Fort Myers area Wednesday morning. The live feed from the restaurant shows a stretch of beach not far from where Hurricane Ian could potentially make landfall.
A YouTube channel called Florida Traffic has collected live feeds of traffic webcams operated by the Florida Department of Transportation and paired it with Tampa Bay-area weather radio audio from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
For Hurricane Ian updates, check out the National Hurricane Center forecasts and follow them on Twitter.