Ian weakens to tropical storm as strong winds and heavy rains continue in Florida – WFTV

ORLANDO, Fla. — Hurricane Ian made landfall in southwest Florida as a Category 4 storm after noon on Wednesday, but has since weakened to a tropical storm.

The storm is expected to bring significant impacts to Central Florida. See live updates below:

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6:05 am update:

Flooding conditions are being reported in most of Central Florida.

Major roadways in Osceola County are underwater with drivers being turned around at several intersections.

Wind guests in Daytona Beach have reached around 76 mph.

The storm even flipped Channel 9’s Daytona Beach camera upside down.

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Large debris has been seen blowing off of buildings in Daytona Beach.

Law enforcement is pleading with people to stay sheltered in place and not to venture out on the roads.

5:13 am update:

The National Hurricane Center said Ian has been downgraded to a tropical storm.

Tropical Storm Ian is still producing strong winds, heavy rains, and storm surges across parts of Florida.

Ian will continue to move through Florida on Thursday and bring tropical storm conditions to parts of Georgia and South Carolina.

4:45 am update:

Channel 9 reporter Christy Turner is seeing flooded streets in downtown Orlando.

The street flooding has cars submerged in the area of ​​Summerlin Avenue and South Street, not far from Lake Eola.

A flash flood warning in the area has been extended until 6:45 am

3:45 am update:

Hurricane Ian has brought major flooding to Kissimmee.

Channel 9 reporter Nick Papantonis grabbed video of flooding in a strip mall parking lot. See the damage in the tweet below:

Flood warnings and flash flood warnings are in effect across Central Florida.

3:20 am update:

The city of Kissimmee tweeted that police and fire crews can no longer respond to calls as sustained winds have reached 45 mph.

2:30 am update:

The Livingston Street sign in downtown Orlando has blown down.

Our Channel 9 crews spotted the damage just before 2 am Thursday. Even though the sign was down, the street lights remained operational.

1:45 am update:

Hurricane Ian’s effects hit very close to home Wednesday evening for Channel 9’s Shannon Butler.

Butler was out in the field, reporting on the storm’s effects when she received a phone call from her husband, informing her that the power was out at their home near downtown Orlando.

When she arrived at their home, she discovered a massive branch from a neighbor’s oak tree that had fallen on her porch, crushing the outdoor roof.

See Shannon’s live coverage below:

1 am update:

A flash flood warning is in effect for Brevard County, Orange County, Seminole County and Volusia County until 4 am

12:10 am update:

A flash flood warning is in effect for southeastern Orange and north central Osceola County until 2:45 am

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