It’s a hard thing to say stay tuned, but that’s the right message right now.Senior Hurricane Specialist, John Cangialosi, National Hurricane Center, about Hurricane Ian’s path.
Why It Matters: President Biden as well as the Governor of Florida have issued emergency declarations ahead of the potential landfall of Hurricane Ian. Interesting To Note: This hurricane comes after a quiet beginning to hurricane season. For the first time in 25 years, there were no named hurricanes in the month of August.
- The Path: Ian is expected to hit Cuba late today or early tomorrow, and then make landfall in Florida on Wednesday. Residents have been warned to prepare for impact; many schools have cancelled classes ahead of the storm.
- The National Hurricane Center states: "… there is a risk of a life-threatening storm surge, hurricane-force winds, and heavy rainfall along the west coast of Florida and the Florida Panhandle by the middle of this week."
- Something to Consider: Ian is still considered a Category 1 hurricane for now, though forecasters warn that it could likely become a Category 4 hurricane by the end of the week. Category 4 hurricanes are considered "major," with winds between 130 and 156 miles per hour.
Ian strengthens into a hurricane, heads toward Cuba, Florida (The Associated Press)
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