Hurricane Ian’s forecast track was adjusted slightly eastward Monday night and the storm is expected to be a major hurricane as it nears Florida’s west coast

possibly coming ashore between St. Petersburg and Clearwater Ian’s maximum sustained winds have increased to near 105 mph, with higher gusts,  Monday in its 11 p.m. advisory.

Hurricane Ian’s forecast track was adjusted slightly eastward Monday night and the storm is expected to be a major hurricane as it nears Florida’s west coast

and remain a major hurricane over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday.

The projected path steers Ian into making a landfall between St. Petersburg and Clearwater as at least a strong Category 2 

hurricane between Wednesday and Thursday, the latest forecast shows.

A large swath of Florida’s Gulf Coast fell under hurricane and storm surge watches and warnings on Monday

while the Miami area remained under a flood watch through Thursday as Hurricane Ian set its eye on the Sunshine State.

Excessive rainfall may cause flooding of rivers, creeks, streams and other low-lying and flood-prone areas from Palm Beach southward to mainland Monroe County