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Florida Hurricane: The state braces for Hurricane Ian, massive preparations underway

Florida: A US weatherman described hurricane Tampa, which is moving toward Florida and bringing with it strong winds, torrential rains, and a massive storm surge, as “something that we haven’t seen in our lifetime.” Ian, a Category 2 storm that is now causing evacuations, is predicted to make landfall any time this week.

The National Hurricane Centre in Miami reported that Ian is travelling north-northwest at about 13 mph and has an eye 150 miles southeast of the western tip of Cuba. Florida, meanwhile, might begin to experience the effects as early as Tuesday.

The Ian forecast also indicated a “record rate of strengthening from a tropical storm to a strong hurricane.”

The hurricane will probably become a Category 3 storm with winds of at least 120 mph by the time it reaches Cuba. Flash flooding and mudslides are anticipated in several areas of Cuba and Jamaica.

Florida prepares for an effect

Residents of Tampa, Florida, have been given the go-ahead to evacuate, and similar orders are anticipated to be issued in other states.

Sandbags were erected around homes across Florida on Monday as people rushed to collect emergency supplies as Hurricane Ian sped toward the state.

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Moved National Guard

The governor has activated 5,000 men of the National Guard. A further 2,000 are arriving from Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina, and military are on alert in adjacent states.

The hurricane will probably become a Category 3 storm with winds of at least 120 mph by the time it reaches Cuba. Flash flooding and mudslides are anticipated in several areas of Cuba and Jamaica.

Teri Johnston, the mayor of Key West, said that her island community would be among those in the United States if Hurricane Ian strikes first.

Johnston claimed that while inhabitants stored up on enough food and water to last a week, homes and holiday rentals nailed up storm shutters or boards over windows.

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Rain and strong winds in Cuba


Late on Monday, as officials hurried to evacuate citizens, secure boats, and batten down homes amid predictions of a life-threatening storm surge, the first powerful gusts ahead of Hurricane Ian started to batter Cuba’s south shore.

With maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour (155 km per hour), the rapidly intensifying storm, which is located approximately 155 miles (250 km) southeast of Cabo San Antonio in far western Cuba, is now a Category 2 hurricane on a five-step scale.

Ian is a follower of Hurricane Fiona, a devastating Category 4 hurricane that tore a trail of devastation through Puerto Rico last week and left the majority of the U.S. island without electricity or drinkable water. After that, Fiona ploughed past the Turks and Caicos Islands, avoided Bermuda, and crashed into Canada’s Atlantic coast, where it might take months to repair crucial infrastructure.

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