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Hurricane Ian strengthened to a Category 4 storm early Wednesday, churning on a collision course with Florida over warm Gulf waters.
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All of Cuba without power Hurricane Ian knocked out power across all of Cuba and devastated some of the country's most important tobacco farms Tuesday when it slammed into the island's western tip as a major hurricane.Cuba's Electric Union said in a statement that work is being done to gradually restore service to the country's 11 million people between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning., the center of Hurricane Ian was located near latitude 23.Power was initially knocked out in Cuba's western provinces, but subsequently the entire grid collapsed.5 North, longitude 83.A classic American car drives past utility poles tilted by Hurricane Ian in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, Tuesday, Sept.5 West.27, 2022.Ian is moving toward the north near 10 mph (17 km/h).
(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) Ramon Espinosa The owner of the premier Finca Robaina cigar producer posted photos on social media of wood-and-thatch roofs smashed to the ground, greenhouses in rubble and wagons overturned.A turn toward the north-northeast with a reduction in forward speed is forecast tonight and Wednesday.A turn toward the north-northeast with a reduction in forward speed is forecast tonight and Wednesday."It was apocalyptic, a real disaster," wrote Hirochi Robaina, grandson of the operation's founder.Local government station TelePinar reported heavy damage at the main hospital in Pinar del Rio city, tweeting photos of collapsed ceilings and toppled trees.Maximum sustained winds are near 115 mph (185 km/h) with higher gusts.Large tornado reported in Broward County A large tornado was reported on the ground in southern Broward County, near Davie at around 7:30 p.Ian is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.m.Re-strengthening is expected later today through Wednesday.Re-strengthening is expected later today through Wednesday.
There have been a total of three reported tornadoes so far today in South Florida.A Tornado Watch remains in effect across south Florida until 5 a.Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km).Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km).m.Wednesday morning.44 inches) based on Air Force Hurricane Hunter data.5,000 Florida Guardsmen activated and prepping The 5,000 Florida National Guardsmen activated to state active duty by Governor DeSantis are pre-positioning at armories across the state and preparing for Hurricane Ian.A Hurricane Warning is in effect for: Cuban provinces of Isla de Juventud, Pinar del Rio, and Artemisa Bonita Beach to Anclote River, including Tampa Bay Dry Tortugas A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for: Suwanee River southward to Flamingo Tampa Bay Marineland to the mouth of the St.Marys River St.
Roughly 2,000 National Guard members from neighboring states such as Tennessee are also being activated to assist, according to a Florida National Guard statement released Tuesday.Marys River St.The Florida Guard is standing by with route clearance teams, aviation assets, and mobile units ready to give humanitarian and security assistance as needed.Disney World closes for hurricane Walt Disney World theme parks and water parks will be closed Wednesday and Thursday while Disney Springs will be closed Wednesday and likely Thursday too.Marys River to South Santee River South of Marineland to the Volusia-Flagler county line Tropical Storm Warning in effect for: Cuban provinces of La Habana, Mayabeque, and Matanzas Suwannee River to the Anclote River Flamingo to Bonita Beach Lower and Middle Florida Keys Boca Raton to Altamaha Sound Lake Okeechobee Hurricane Watch is in effect for: North of Anclote River to the Suwannee River Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for: Florida Keys from the Card Sound Bridge westward to Key West Florida Bay Aucilla River to Suwanee River Mouth of St.Marys River to South Santee River South of Marineland to the Volusia-Flagler county line A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for: North of Suwannee River to Indian Pass North of Altamaha Sound to South Santee River South of Boca Raton to east of Flamingo Upper Florida Keys Copyright 2022 by WJXT News4JAX - All rights reserved.Universal Orlando also announced it will close Wednesday and Thursday.State of Emergency in Georgia Georgia Gov.About the Authors:.
Brian Kemp issued a State of Emergency for Georgia ahead of Hurricane Ian.The declaration frees up resources to be made available in preparation, response and recovery for the affected areas, allows the Georgia Department of Transportation and Public Safety to move utility vehicles, equipment and personnel to eliminate power outages and provides 500 Georgia National Guard troops.The State of Emergency for Severe Flooding in Georgia is set to expire on October 4th, 2022 at 11:59 PM.Jan.6 committee hearing postponed The House Jan.
6 committee scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed because of Hurricane Ian , according to sources familiar with the decision.The storm is expected to make landfall in Florida at about the same time as the hearing was to take place.Hurricane categories explained: How strong is each category? After a somewhat of a quiet start, the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season is fully underway as Hurricane Ian makes its way toward the U.S.The storm is expected to make landfall on Florida's west coast or its panhandle by midday Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
How intense is a Category 3 or Category 4 hurricane and what do the different categories mean for people in the storm's path? The National Weather Service uses the Saffir-Simpson Scale, which only measures a hurricane's sustained wind speeds using a 1 to 5 rating system.This scale provides estimates of potential property damage, according to NWS.to learn more about the categories.This is why the Gulf Coast -- especially Florida -- is so vulnerable to hurricanes, storm surge The more than 1,200 miles of shores in the southern U.S.
that line the Gulf of Mexico are no stranger to strong storms -- but that doesn't make potential damage from an approaching cyclone any less likely.As Hurricane Ian marches closer to the U.S., its aim toward the Gulf Coast is especially concerning considering how vulnerable the region is to storm surge, experts told ABC News.The underwater geology of the Gulf of Mexico is what makes the Gulf Coast particularly unguarded against the massive influx of seawater.
The shallow waters in the Gulf, combined with the symmetry of its shallow ocean floor, are what allow the storm surge to be pushed even higher onto land, Ryan Truchelut, chief meteorologist at Weather Tiger, a consulting and risk management firm, told ABC News.Biden reaches out to Florida mayors President Biden called the mayors of Tampa, St.Petersburg, and Clearwater as they prepare for Hurricane Ian to make landfall."The citizens in the potential impact area should obey the instructions of local officials," Biden said."Evacuate when ordered and be prepared for the - when - for the storm when it comes and evacuations have already been called for.
" FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell said Biden, "committed the full force of the federal family," and that they can "reach out to him anytime with any needs that they may have in the aftermath of this storm." Criswell said the biggest concern right now is the storm surge saying it's the leading cause of hurricane-related deaths.The FEMA administrator said storm preparations have been a coordinated effort between federal, state, and nonprofits.FEMA preparing for Ian FEMA has prepared 128,000 gallons of fuel to be immediately deployed along with hundreds of generators to help "restore power critical infrastructure" once the storm passes.About 3.
7 million meals and 3.5 million liters of water have been staged in Alabama for emergency distribution, according to Criswell.Criswell's major message to Floridians and those in the direct path of the storm: take this very seriously."We're talking about impacts in a part of Florida that hasn't seen a major direct impact in nearly 100 years," Criswell said."There's also parts of Florida where there's a lot of new residents that have never experienced this type of threat.
So my message to them is still take this very seriously.Listen to your local officials, and those Floridians that have been through this before, help your neighbors that may have not had to go through this." About 2.5 million Floridians under evacuation orders As Hurricane Ian heads toward Florida, officials' main concern is the threat of storm surge and catastrophic flooding, Florida.Gov.
Ron DeSantis said Tuesday.DeSantis reiterated that there is still time to prepare or evacuate.About 2.5 million Floridians are under mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders, he said.Mayor of Sarasota breaks down city's storm preparations Mayor of Sarasota Erik Arroyo talked to ABC News Live on Tuesday.
"We are as ready as we can be...we are almost guaranteed to be hit by this all we can do is prepare," he said.The official track from the NHC on Tuesday morning put the most dangerous part of the storm over Sarasota.
Tornado Watch issued for parts of South Florida A tornado watch has been issued until 5:00 p.m.for Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Naples, and all of the Florida Keys.Tornadoes are common in approaching tropical cyclones, the stronger the cyclone the more likely tornadoes and water spouts will form.Mandatory evacuations issued for some Florida residents Lee county is the latest area along the Gulf Coast of Florida to issue a mandatory evacuation for residents in zone A and parts of zone B.
"There are about 250,000 people who live in the evacuation zones that we've outlined, and we would anticipate 10 percent, based on history, to leave," Lee County Manager Roger Desjarlais said.The local police chief warned residents to prepare for a few days without power saying once winds hit sustained 45 mph, law enforcement officers will not respond.Hurricane Ian makes landfall in Cuba Satellite and radar data indicated the center of Ian made landfall just southwest of the town of La Coloma in the Pinar Del Rio Province of Cuba at 4:30 a.m.More Videos As Ian made landfall in western Cuba Tuesday morning, the powerful storm lashed the island with rain and winds.
The U.S.National Hurricane Center says that Ian hit Cuba as a Category 3 storm as it continued to strengthen, with sustained winds of 125 mph.Authorities in Cuba evacuated more than 50,000 people in Pinar del Rio province, the country's main tobacco-growing region, ahead of Ian's arrival, which was expected to bring flooding and heavy rainfall.The government also set up dozens of shelters on the island.
Ian strengthens to major Category 3 hurricane Hurricane Ian has officially grown into a major Category 3 hurricane as it barrels toward Cuba on a track to hit Florida's west coast.As of 2:30 a.m.EDT Tuesday, Hurricane Ian had maximum sustained winds of 115 mph.Tampa and St.
Petersburg are among the most likely targets for their first direct hit by a major hurricane in a century.Monday, September 26 Ian strengthens as winds grow to 105 mph Hurricane Ian continued to intensify Monday night, with maximum sustained winds now at 105 mph.The hurricane is about 105 miles east-southeast of the western tip of Cuba, which is expected to see significant wind and storm surge impacts soon.The storm is expected to become a major hurricane overnight or Tuesday morning.Tampa International Airport to close as Ian approaches Tampa International Airport will stop all operations starting 5 p.
m.Tuesday to secure its airfield and terminals ahead of Hurricane Ian's expected landfall later this week.Storm strengthens Tampa Bay is under a Hurricane Warning as Ian has been upgraded to a category 2 storm.Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect for much of southwest Florida with Tropical Storm Watches in effect from Orlando to much of the central/northern East Coast.On the current forecast track, landfall would be Thursday night just north of Tampa - but some weakening is possible prior to landfall.
Beyond that, tropical storm conditions could spread into north Florida and south Georgia on Friday.More Videos Air travel in Tampa may be shutting down in 24 hours Tampa International Airport is still open but may begin shutting down parts of its airfield and facilities in the next 24 to 48 hours, officials said, as expected Hurricane Ian impacts and wind speeds increase and weather becomes more severe.At 40 mph sustained winds, TPA will see minimal activity, with the airside shuttles and SkyConnect stopping or reducing in frequency.At 50 mph sustained winds, all Airport operations stop.Preparations in Cuba Authorities in Cuba suspended classes in Pinar del Rio province and planned evacuations Monday as Ian gained strength on approach to Grand Cayman and the Cuban provinces of Isla de Juventud, Pinar del Rio, and Artemisa.
Cuba also was shutting down its train system ahead of the worst weather."Cuba is expecting extreme hurricane force winds, also life-threatening storm surge and heavy rainfall," U.S.National Hurricane Center senior specialist Daniel Brown told The Associated Press early Monday.At 11 a.
m.EDT on Monday, Ian was moving northwest at 13 mph (20 kph), about 240 miles (385 kilometers) southeast of the western tip of Cuba, with top sustained winds increasing to 80 mph (130 kph).As the hurricane approached the Cayman Islands, members of the government and opposition were working together "to ensure that our people are made as safe as possible -- the supplies, plywood, in some cases sandbags, are distributed so that they can safely weather this storm," Premier Wayne Panton said in a video posted Sunday."We must prepare for the worst and absolutely pray and hope for the best." More Videos State of Emergency in Florida Florida residents were getting ready, lining up for hours in Tampa to collect bags of sand and clearing store shelves of bottled water.
A hurricane watch was issued for Florida's central western coast including the Tampa Bay area, where Hillsborough County suspended classes through Thursday to prepare schools to serve as shelters for evacuees.Additional watches for more northern areas along the peninsula's west coast may be issued, Brown said.Gov.Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency throughout Florida and urged residents to prepare for the storm to lash large swaths of the state with heavy rains, high winds, and rising seas."We're going to keep monitoring the track of this storm.
But it really is important to stress the degree of uncertainty that still exists," DeSantis said at a news conference Sunday, cautioning that "even if you're not necessarily right in the eye of the path of the storm, there's going to be pretty broad impacts throughout the state." NASA rolling Artemis rocket back off launch pad NASA said it will roll the Artemis I rocket off the launch pad and back to the vehicle assembly building on Monday night due to the storm."Managers met Monday morning and made the decision based on the latest weather predictions associated with Hurricane Ian after additional data gathered overnight did not show improving expected conditions for the Kennedy Space Center area," NASA said in a statement."The decision allows time for employees to address the needs of their families and protect the integrated rocket and spacecraft system." RELATED: White House closely monitoring Ian The White House is "closely monitoring" the hurricane, a White House official told ABC News.
President Joe Biden approved Florida's emergency assistance request this weekend "as soon as he received it," the official said."He also directed his team to surge Federal assistance to the region well before landfall," the official said."FEMA has already deployed staff there and pre-positioned food, water, and generators." Biden was scheduled to travel to Florida this week but that trip has been postponed due to the storm.Information from the National Hurricane Center, ABC News, and the Associated Press Copyright © 2022 WABC-TV.
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GovRonDeSantis also faces legal challenges, including an investigation by a Texas sheriff and the governor’s use of a $12 million migrant relocation fund. As Hurricane Ian approaches. Wow It could of help the people in Florida. $12 million, explain this to Biden and Floridana!?
Storm Surge Warning issued for St. Johns River as Category 3 Hurricane Ian emerges into southeastern Gulf of Mexico11 A.M. ADVISORY: A Storm Surge Warning has been issued for the St. Johns River as Category 3 Hurricane Ian emerges into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico.
Storm Surge, Tropical Storm warnings in effect for NE Florida coast as Category 3 Hurricane Ian grows stronger in Gulf of MexicoTROPICS UPDATE: Storm Surge and Tropical Storm warnings are in effect for the Northeast Florida coast as Category 3 Hurricane Ian grows stronger in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. By the time it gets to Jacksonville Fl it will be downgraded to 60 MPH. During Hurricane Irma everything in Jacksonville was shutdown because by the time it hit us it was a Category 1 Hurrican with winds up to 90 to 100 MPH winds and heavy rain. New residents to the Jacksonville area or new to the state of FL thinks that 60 MPH is life threatening. It could be but in reality it's not life throwing. Hurricane party! 🌀
Storm Surge, Tropical Storm warnings continue for NE Florida coast as Category 3 Hurricane Ian churns in the Gulf of MexicoThe National Hurricane Center said Tuesday that Ian has increased to a Category 3 major hurricane.
Storm surge, tropical storm warnings continue for NE Florida coast as Category 3 Ian pushes NorthIan 11pm Tue Update: Cat 3 with winds of 120 mph. Tropical Storm and Storm Surge Warning continues for parts of the area Forecast cone has again shifted S & E Landfall near Ft. Myers becoming likely Local impacts Wed-Thu-Fri UPDATE: Looks like we caught a huge break. This probably won’t be much of anything for NE Florida.
Hurricane Ian live: Video shows damage from storm as Category 3 storm nears FloridaHurricane Ian strengthened into a Category 3 storm Tuesday, making landfall in western Cuba around 4:30 a.m. EST on its way to Florida's west coast. It is expected to strengthen to a Category 4 before hitting Florida's coast early Wednesday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. GovRonDeSantis CNN didn't cover this. At least the screen I watched, they put politics before public safety. Disgusting. GovRonDeSantis can anyone update us on the buses and where he is sending everyone besides MarthasVineyard GovRonDeSantis Presume he will be running away soon?
Hurricane Ian now a Category 3 storm, bringing storm surges to Florida’s west coastHurricane Ian’s sustained winds intensified to around 125 mph early Tuesday morning as the storm strengthened to a Category 3 hurricane, making landfall in western Cuba.