Shoppers walk to join a line stretching beyond the parking lot outside a retail warehouse as people rush to prepare for Tropical Storm Ian, in Kissimmee, Florida, on September 25, 2022. (GREGG NEWTON/AFP via Getty Images) The FOX Forecast Center is closely tracking Hurricane Ian as it intensifies and heads toward Florida this week.
The ninth named storm of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season could impact parts of Florida and the Southeast in a matter of days, but it is not the first time a dreaded storm with a name starting with "I" has threatened the mainland U.S.You only have to go back to last year to find an "I"-named storm that hit portions of the U.S.
Gulf Coast.Due to the nature of the alphabet, storms such as Ian, Ida and Irma have formed when atmospheric conditions are at their prime and water temperatures are at their warmest in what is the peak of hurricane season.Hurricane Ida crashed ashore in southeastern Louisiana on Aug.
29, 2021, with maximum sustained winds of around 150 mph, a Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.The storm produced a powerful 14-foot storm surge along the Louisiana coastline and dumped torrential rainfall across much of the northern Gulf Coast, but its impacts didn't stop there.