Ian has weakened to a tropical storm, continues to ravage Florida

Ian has weakened to a tropical storm with winds of 65 mph and higher gusts, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 5am update.

Tropical Storm Ian is still expected to bring strong winds, heavy rainfall and storm surge in parts of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas over the next three days, the center said.

A storm surge warning is in effect for the St. Johns River in northeast Florida, as well as for areas extending from Florida’s Flagler-Volusia County line in the north to South Carolina’s South Santee River. Parts of the Gulf Coast also remain threatened by storm surges.

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for much of Florida’s Gulf Coast, from north of Bonita Beach to Indian Pass along the Panhandle.

Areas extending from Boca Raton to Cape Lookout, North Carolina, are also facing a tropical storm warning, as is Lake Okeechobee. There may still be some isolated hurricane winds.

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