Hurricane Ian has strengthened into an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of almost 140 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said early Wednesday.
Ahead of a landfall expected by Wednesday afternoon, the center warned of “life-threatening storm surge, catastrophic winds and flooding in the Florida peninsula.” The first significant hurricane to hit the Sunshine State since 2018, Ian is forecast to move slowly toward the coast and cause power outages. Its effects are expected to be felt into the weekend. In Cuba, government crews worked through the night to restore power after Ian severely disrupted the national electric system, leaving the entire island nation without power as of Tuesday evening.
Here’s what to know
Ian is bringing hurricane-force winds to a wide swath of Florida’s west coast and tropical storm conditions to nearly the entire length of the state. Although landfall is expected somewhere between Tampa Bay and Cape Coral, damaging winds, dangerous waves and flooding rain will be widespread.
A Category 4 storm can be strong enough to severely damage well-built homes. The storm was within some 75 miles of Naples, Fla., as of 5:00 a.m. Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
More than 2 million people in Florida are under evacuation orders. Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) urged residents to evacuate on Tuesday night and said at least two tornadoes have struck Florida as the National Weather Service warned of more tornadoes into Wednesday.
Hurricane Ian Live tracking In Florida
The hurricane is now in dire shape. Any time can actually be read in different states of America. Florida is currently in a bad shape. The administration has asked everyone to be on alert. Those of you around the Florida area should be careful. Always keep an eye on different media to get updated information at any time.
If you are facing any kind of danger then definitely inform the local administration. By informing the local administration, you can easily get out of any kind of danger.