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Hurricane Ian hits Cuba on its way to Florida

Ian is roaring on its way to becoming a major Category 3 storm and likely hitting the west coast of Florida as a Category 4 hurricane.

Floridians lined up for hours in Tampa to collect bags of sand and clear bottles of water from store shelves. (Reuters)

Increasing rains and winds from Hurricane Ian hit the western tip of Cuba as authorities evacuated 50,000 people.

It turned into a major Category 3 storm early on Tuesday, roaring in a path that can be seen hitting Florida’s west coast as a Category 4 hurricane.

Earlier in the day, a storm made landfall in Cuba’s Pinar del Rio province, prompting authorities to set up 55 shelters, rush emergency personnel, and take steps to protect crops in Cuba’s main tobacco-growing region. took action.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says storm surges of up to 14 feet (4.3 meters) can be seen on the west coast of the island.

Daniel Brown, a senior expert at the Hurricane Center, told the Associated Press.

After passing Cuba, Ian further intensified in the warmer waters of the Gulf of Mexico and was forecast to reach Florida on Wednesday as a Category 4 storm with winds of 140 miles per hour (225 km/h). rice field.

As of Monday, Tampa and St. Petersburg appeared the most likely targets for the first direct hit by a major hurricane since 1921.

“Take this storm seriously. It’s the real deal. This is not a drill.”

In Havana on Monday, fishermen were pulling boats out of the water along the famous Malecon seafront boulevard, and city officials were unclogging storm drains ahead of expected rain.

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Satellite imagery released by NASA shows Hurricane Ian raging toward Cuba.

Satellite imagery released by NASA shows Hurricane Ian raging toward Cuba. (AP)

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In an update at 4:30 a.m. EDT (0830 GMT), the Hurricane Center said Cuba continued to strengthen and Ian made landfall in Cuba with sustained winds of 125 miles per hour (205 km/h).

The Center defines a major hurricane as a Category 3 storm or better. This means maximum sustained winds of at least 111 mph (178 km/h), making Ian a Category 3 hurricane on Tuesday.

The center said it expected “significant wind and storm surge effects” in western Cuba on Tuesday morning.

Ian won’t stay in Cuba, but will slow down in the Gulf of Mexico, become wider and stronger, and “could have significant wind and storm surge impacts along Florida’s west coast,” the Hurricane Center said. increase.

Up to 10 feet (3 meters) of sea level rise and 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain were projected across the Tampa Bay region, with up to 15 inches (38 centimeters) of rain in isolated areas. This is enough to flood coastal areas.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a statewide state of emergency, with Ian striking large swaths of the state, power outages spiraling north from the state’s Gulf Coast, potentially interrupting fuel supplies. I warned you.

President Joe Biden also declared a state of emergency, allowing the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief and provide assistance to protect lives and property.

read more: Florida declares state of emergency as Tropical Storm Ian intensifies

Source: AP

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