After making landfall in western Cuba on September 27 as a category-3 storm, Hurricane Ian entered the Gulf of Mexico with a trajectory aimed at Florida.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this natural-color image of Hurricane Ian at about noon local time (16:00 Universal Time) on September 27, 2022, just hours after it moved off the northwest coast of Cuba. Winds around this time measured 115 miles (185 kilometers) per hour—slightly weakened after passing over the island, but still a potent category-3 hurricane.
Forecasters noted that warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico and low wind shear could help the hurricane regain strength over the next day before making landfall along the west coast of Florida.
NASA Earth Observatory image by Lauren Dauphin, using MODIS data from NASA EOSDIS LANCE and GIBS/Worldview. Text by Kathryn Hansen.