Hurricane Ian was upgraded to a Category 3 hurricane early Tuesday morning, making it the second hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season. Ian lashed the western half of Cuba with winds of more than 100 mph and heavy rain on Monday night. As the storm passed over the island, it really gained strength and now it has sustained a speed of 125 mph. Ian is moving towards the mountains at a slow and steady speed of 12 mph according to the latest recommendations from the National Hurricane Center.

Ian is expected to slow down Tuesday afternoon once it moves fully across the Gulf of Mexico and rapidly increase to Category 4 or 5 by Tuesday evening; Sea temperatures in the Gulf remain very warm, which will support rapid expansion. Although forecast models are very optimistic about the storm’s path, rainfall is expected around Tampa, Fla., from Wednesday evening to Thursday morning. If Ian makes landfall in Tampa, it will be the first major hurricane to do so in more than a century. Storms in Tampa Bay are particularly dangerous because the orientation of the bay does not allow the water to recede quickly. Ian’s landfall also makes the storm worse, as the northeast side of the storm will move the most water inland. Residents of Tampa and surrounding areas have been ordered to evacuate due to expected wildfires and local flooding that will come from heavy rains as Ian moves toward the coast. water. The rest of Florida’s west coast is under evacuation orders. The next forecast update for Ian will arrive from the National Hurricane Center Hurricane Ian has moved east and is on track to make landfall around Fort Myers, Florida early Wednesday morning.

Ian strengthened overnight to a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 155 mph. A Category 5 hurricane has sustained winds of over 157 mph. Tampa may have escaped the worst of the storm with 4ft to 6ft of rain forecast, but this region of the Gulf Coast is still in for a heavy rain, with 15inch to 20inch of rain over two days and -next. policy. The threat of urban flooding in Tampa is extremely high due to this storm.

Even if Ian makes landfall on the southwest coast of Florida, residents across the peninsula should be prepared for wind-like conditions as the wind is very broad in this storm and the impact of water rain will impact. “If you’re in one of these areas [that way], it’s not possible to get out safely,” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said at a press conference early Wednesday morning. . “It’s time to pull back and prepare for this storm.”

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will hold a meeting on emergency response plans at 10 a.m. EDT on Wednesday. During a hurricane, drivers may need supplies to keep themselve safe and healthy.

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