Recording flooding is already happening in central and northern Florida due to Hurricane Ian as torrential rainfall swells area rivers, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The flood waters are expected to rise further, as well as stretch well beyond the state’s borders in the coming days.
Currently there are 15 river gauge locations in Florida at or above flood stage, nine of those are at major flood stage, and three have reached all-time records.
- The Myakka River in Myakka State Park forecast to reach 13.0 feet (previous record is 12.5 feet)
- Horse Creek in Arcadia forecast to reach 21.4 feet (previous record is 18.0 feet)
- Peace River in Zolfo forecast to reach 26.5 feet (previous record is 25.0 feet)
For most of these locations it will take at least 3 to 5 days before water levels return below major flood stage, and one week before they return to "normal levels".
Nearly 50 locations along dozens of rivers spanning 8 states are expected to reach flood stage, according to CNN analyses of NOAA and USGS flood forecasts.
As Ian moves up the East Coast widespread rainfall totals of 3 to 5 inches are expected from Savannah, Georgia to Ocean City, Maryland, with isolated higher amounts of 6 to 8 inches possible.