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Ian Battering the Florida Peninsula with Catastrophic Storm Surge, Winds, and Flooding

Ian made landfall on mainland Florida as a category 4 major hurricane near 4:30 PM ET south of Punta Gorda near Pirate Harbor. Catastrophic storm surge inundation along with destructive waves is ongoing along the southwest Florida coastline. Hurricane-force winds are expected to spread inland to central Florida near the core of Ian through early Thursday. Heavy rainfall will continue flooding. Read More >

Peyton Robertson


The Office of Organizational Excellence provides strategic thinking, challenges the status quo, enables change, and creates connections both internally and externally to support the NWS to become the agile and effective organization needed to build a Weather-Ready Nation. The Office explores the forces and factors influencing the NWS and develops strategies to meet the increasing demand for weather, water, and climate services across the Nation. The Office executes a partnership strategy for the NWS that builds and sustains relationships across the weather, water, and climate enterprise to achieve the vision of a Weather-Ready Nation, and supports engagements with Enterprise partners. The Office understands the mix of values, interactions, and operations of the NWS workforce to ensure their organizational health and supports a high-performance culture that achieves strategic goals. The Office also advances NWS policies and programs for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility, including the NOAA Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan, NWS DEIA Strategic Action Plan, NWS Human Capital Strategy, and NWS Organizational Health Action Plan. The Office maintains and continuously improves the policies, procedures, roles, and governance authorities that link NWS Headquarters and Field functions and ensures the organization is meeting its science, service, and workforce requirements now and in the future.

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