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9/27 Hurricane Ian 1 p.m. Update

Published Sep 27, 2022

As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, Hurricane Ian has emerged into the southeast Gulf of Mexico. The current track has the storm making landfall as a Category 3 major hurricane in St. Petersburg. Escambia County is outside the cone of uncertainty, but the storm will produce potential fire hazards due to high wind speeds, relatively low humidity and dry fuels. Escambia County has been placed under a Red Flag Warning from Tuesday until Wednesday, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. both days.

Due to Hurricane Ian, the Florida Forest Service has placed Escambia County at moderate risk for a wildfire. Residents are encouraged to refrain from outdoor burning during the Red Flag Warning.  

"We are nearing our second wildfire season in Escambia County," said Escambia County Fire and Life Specialist Ray Melton. "However, we are going to experience low humidity and warm temperatures that will increase the fire danger in our county. Remember to follow the state burn regulations and always have a water source available and never leave campfires or other outdoor fires unattended. The winds we will be experiencing can carry an ember up to one mile, so never have an outdoor fire near structures and wooded areas. Outdoor burning is discouraged under these conditions."

Escambia County is also at a high risk of deadly rip currents and dangerous surf due to the storm.

Residents are reminded to follow official sources for storm information such as National Weather ServiceNational Hurricane CenterEscambia County Emergency Management and City of Pensacola.

For the latest information on severe weather impacting Escambia County, residents are encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts on, and follow Escambia County Emergency Management on Facebook and @BeReadyEscambia on Twitter.

Hurricane Ian update from the National Hurricane Center (as of Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 6:53 a.m.)

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0927 rip current chart

0927 high winds chart

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