Updated weather tracker reports show higher maximum wind gusts from parts of the Treasure Coast than initially reported for Hurricane Ian last week, according to the National Weather Service in Melbourne.
Ian made landfall on Florida’s west coast as a powerful Category 4 hurricane before weakening into a tropical storm as it made its way across the state.
Ian came ashore at 3:10 p.m. Sept. 28 near Cayo Costa, an island off the coast of Fort Myers. Sustained winds were 150 mph.
For much of that day, the Treasure Coast received waves of blinding rain bands as the storm’s outer bands passed over the state.
Monday, NWS received updated statistics from reporting stations for the storm.
“The highest wind gusts were along the coast, which is normally the case,” said meteorologist Will Ulrich.
On Florida’s east coast, New Smyrna Beach was rocked by the strongest gust of the storm at 96 mph, records show. That’s compared to the Treasure Coast, where the gusts reached 66 mph
Vero Beach received 3.95 inches of rain Wednesday, a record for the date, beating the previous 1992 record from Tropical Storm Earl, Ulrich said.
Highest rain counts received
Totals reflect Wednesday and Thursday
Vero Beach: 8 inches
Fort Pierce: 6.72 inches
Indiantown and Port Salerno: 7.32 inches each
Maximum and sustained winds
Vero Beach: 66 mph maximum gust at Vero Beach Regional Airport, 1:20 a.m. Sept. 29; 33 mph sustained
Fort Pierce: 66 mph maximum gust at Treasure Coast International Airport, 12:16 a.m. Sept. 29; 36 mph sustained
Stuart: 65 mph maximum gust at the House of Refuge, 2:10 a.m. Sept. 29; 28 mph sustained
Ian’s impact:Trespansure Cospanst bespanch erosion rspannges from significspannt to minimspanl in wspanke of Hurricspanne Ispann
Back to normal:Fishing should return to normspanl pretty quickly following storm