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Currently in Seattle— September 30 2022

The weather, currently.

Partly sunny, cool and dry

This weekend, the city is going to start warming up again. Friday will remain in the high-60s, with some rays of sun breaking through a layer of scattered clouds. But by Saturday, the clouds will clear out and temperatures will climb up into the 70s and stay there through the weekend. There’s a chance Sunday could cross over 80°F, which is rare for October in Seattle.

Cooler and wetter weather kept Bolt Creek Fire, and its smoke, at bay for a couple of days. But it’s still burning, and hotter temperatures could lead to another smokey weekend. Keep a close eye on air quality maps for the next couple of days so you know when to retreat inside and close windows.

Jen Monnier

What you need to know, currently.

Hurricane Ian knocked out electricity for 2.67 million in Florida, flooding homes and businesses across the state, after making landfall as one of the strongest storms to ever impact the United States.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis described the Category 4 hurricane as a “500-year flood event.”

As it moved out of Florida, the storm caused massive damage — even central cities like Orlando saw unprecedented flooding. Ian is shaping up to possibly be one of the costliest storms in Florida's history.

The storm was downgraded to a tropical storm as it left Florida’s east coast, however, Ian has since been re-upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane as it crossed the Atlantic and headed toward Georgia and South Carolina.

Dan Allers, a council member in Fort Myers Beach, described the state of his community post-storm as “total devastation” in one CNN article.

He told journalists he estimates nearly 90 percent of the island is gone, including homes and long-standing businesses.

A third landfall is now expected near Charleston, South Carolina on Friday afternoon, where the national weather service warns of “life threatening storm surges.” Ian will bring heavy rain through the mid-Atlantic region into the weekend.

Ian underwent rapid intensification before making landfall in Florida, – a phenomenon where a storm's wind speeds increase by around 35 MPH in a 24-hour period. Human-induced climate change has made rapid intensification significantly more common over the past few years for two reasons: warming oceans and excess water in the atmosphere.

According to a rapid analysis by researchers at Stony Brook University and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, human-induced climate change also increased Ian's extreme rain rates by over 10 percent.

-Abbie Veitch

What you can do, currently.

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