Tracking Hurricane Ian: Storm increases to Category 4 as it nears Florida

9/28/2022 2:05:00 PM

Hurricane Ian intensified into an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm as it approached Florida and wind speeds have increased to nearly Category 5 levels.

Hurricane Ian intensified into an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm as it approached Florida and wind speeds have increased to nearly Category 5 levels.

Hurricane Ian intensified into an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm as it approached Florida and wind speeds have increased to nearly Category 5 levels.

ST.strengthened into a Category 4 storm as it barreled toward Florida Wednesday, with the center of the storm on track to make landfall on the state's west coast as soon as this afternoon.1 / 11 Copyright 2021 The Associated Press.1 / 11 Copyright 2021 The Associated Press.

PETERSBURG, Fla.- Hurricane Ian intensified into an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm as it approached Florida on Wednesday morning.m.The National Hurricane Center said that maximum sustained winds had increased to 155 mph just after 6:30 a.Hurricane Ian was growing stronger as it approached the western tip of Cuba on a track to hit the west coast of Florida as a major hurricane as early as Wednesday.m.The National Hurricane Center has warned of “life-threatening storm surge, catastrophic winds and flooding in the Florida Peninsula," with millions under evacuation orders.Those speeds were recorded by a Hurricane Hunter aircraft that flew into the storm.Ian was forecast to hit the western tip of Cuba as a major hurricane and then become an even stronger Category 4 with top winds of 140 mph (225 km/h) over warm Gulf of Mexico waters before striking Florida.

Those wind speeds are just below Category 5 status.Ron DeSantis the forecast track appeared to show the storm hitting south of Tampa.As of Monday, Tampa and St.The storm was "rapidly intensifying" according to weather officials.A special advisory was expected to be issued by 7 a.SEE NEW 2m ago / 10:36 AM UTC Landfall most likely to happen between Venice Beach and Fort Myers Kathryn Prociv and Chantal Da Silva As Hurricane Ian, now a powerful Category 4 storm, takes aim at Florida's west coast, landfall is most likely to happen between Venice Beach and Fort Myers.m.It’s the real deal.to update the National Weather Service forecast for the story.The center of Ian is expected to approach the west coast of Florida Wednesday morning, before moving onshore later in the day.This is not a drill,” Hillsborough County Emergency Management Director Timothy Dudley said at a news conference on storm preparations in Tampa.

Forecasters predicted landfall Wednesday afternoon.Tropical storm force winds and rain were already hitting the state’s heavily populated Gulf Coast, with the Naples to Sarasota region at "highest risk" of a devastating storm surge.Share this - 32m ago / 10:06 AM UTC Pollution from Florida mining a concern with Hurricane Ian The Associated Press ST.“Cuba is expecting extreme hurricane-force winds, also life threatening storm surge and heavy rainfall,” U.U.S.— The polluted leftovers of Florida’s phosphate fertilizer mining industry, more than 1 billion tons in “stacks” that resemble enormous ponds, are at risk for leaks or other contamination when Hurricane Ian comes ashore in the state, environmental groups say.Air Force hurricane hunters confirmed Ian gained strength over warm Gulf of Mexico water after battering Cuba, bringing down the country’s electricity grid and leaving the entire island without power.The hurricane center predicted areas of Cuba’s western coast could see as much as 14 feet (4.The hurricane center predicted areas of Cuba’s western coast could see as much as 14 feet (4.

The hurricane could push as much as 12 feet (3.About 30 million tons of this slightly radioactive waste is generated every year, according to the Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute.6 meters) of ocean water ashore in Florida, the U.S.“We are extremely concerned about the potential impacts Hurricane Ian may have on phosphate facilities around the state,” Whitlock added.Havana resident Adyz Ladron, 35, said the potential for rising water from the storm worries him.National Hurricane Center in Miami said, urging people to evacuate the danger zone if they still can.More than 2.State officials, overseen by a court-appointed receiver, are working with a $100 million appropriation to shut down that long-troubled location.In Havana’s El Fanguito, a poor neighborhood near the Almendares River, residents were packing up what they could to leave their homes, many of which show damage from previous storms.

5 million people were under mandatory evacuation orders, but by law no one could be forced to flee.The center of the hurricane was passing to the west of the Cayman Islands, where Premier Wayne Panton said the government and its opposition were working together to keep the people as safe as possible.Ian was centered about 55 miles (100 kilometers) west-southwest of Naples at 6 a.Share this -.m., swirling toward the coast at 10 mph (17 kph).A surge of up to 10 feet (3 meters) of ocean water and 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain was predicted across the Tampa Bay area, with as much as 15 inches (38 centimeters) inches in isolated areas.Florida residents rushed ahead of the impact to board up their homes, stash precious belongings on upper floors and flee.“We seem to have dodged the bullet” Grand Cayman resident Gary Hollins said.

"You can’t do anything about natural disasters," said Vinod Nair, who drove inland from the Tampa area Tuesday with his wife, son, dog and two kittens seeking a hotel in the tourist district of Orlando."We live in a high risk zone, so we thought it best to evacuate.Some of those evacuations were beginning Monday afternoon in the most vulnerable areas, with schools and other locations opening as shelters." The hurricane center predicted Ian would roar ashore Wednesday afternoon.Winds exceeding tropical-storm strength of 39 mph (63 kph) reached Florida by 3 a.m.Floridians lined up for hours in Tampa to collect bags of sand and cleared store shelves of bottled water.As many as 300,000 people may be evacuated from low-lying areas in Hillsborough County alone, county administrator Bonnie Wise said.

and hurricane-force winds were expected in Florida well in advance of the eyewall moving inland, the Miami-based center said.Rainfall near the area of landfall could top 18 inches (46 centimeters)."It is a big storm, it is going to kick up a lot of water as it comes in," Florida Gov.“You have a significant storm that may end up being a Category 4 hurricane," DeSantis said at a news conference.Ron DeSantis said in Sarasota, a coastal city of 57,000 in the storm's projected path."This the kind of storm surge that is life threatening.Gov.

" Ian’s forward movement slowed over the Gulf, enabling the hurricane to grow wider and stronger.You’re going to have a lot of different impacts.A hurricane warning covered roughly 220 miles (350 kilometers) of the state.Tampa and St.Petersburg were included, and could potentially get their first direct hit by a major hurricane since 1921.The president postponed a scheduled Tuesday trip to Florida because of the storm.Gil Gonzalez wasn't taking any chances.You’re going to have a lot of different impacts.

He boarded the windows of his Tampa home with plywood and laid down sandbags to guard against any flooding.He and his wife packed their car with bottled water, flashlights, battery packs for their cellphones and a camp stove before evacuating.With tropical storm force winds extending 115 miles (185 kilometers) from Ian's center, watches covered the Florida Keys to Lake Okeechobee."All the prized possessions, we’ve put them upstairs in a friend’s house," Gonzalez said.Airports in Tampa, St.Petersburg and Key West closed.“What it means is, we’re not going to come help you.The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Monday night that the football team was relocating football operations to the Miami area in preparation for next weekend’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Disney World theme parks and Sea World in Orlando all closed ahead of the storm.A couple from England on vacation in Tampa found themselves faced with riding out the storm at a shelter.Glyn and Christine Williams of London were told to leave their hotel near the beach when evacuations were ordered.St.Because the airport shut down, they could get no flight home."Unfortunately, all the hotels are full or closed, so it looks as though we’re going to be in one of the shelters," Christine Williams said.Bob Gualtieri, sheriff of Pinellas County, Florida, which includes St.

Her husband insisted all would be fine.The hurricane center has advised Floridians to have survival plans in place and of the storm’s evolving path."You know, you got to go with the flow," Glyn Williams said."So we’re quite happy doing what we’re doing." The precise location of landfall was still uncertain, but with Ian's tropical storm-force winds extending 175 miles (280 kilometers) from its center, damage was expected across a wide area of Florida.Copyright 2022 The Associated Press.Flash floods were possible across the whole state, and portions of its east coast faced a potential storm surge threat as Ian’s bands approach the Atlantic Ocean.St.

Warnings also were issued for isolated tornadoes.Florida Power and Light warned those in Ian's path to brace for days without electricity..As a precaution, hundreds of residents were being evacuated from several nursing homes in the Tampa area, where hospitals also were moving some patients.Parts of Georgia and South Carolina also could see flooding rains and some coastal surge into Saturday.Georgia Gov.Petersburg, Florida; Anthony Izaguirre in Tallahassee, Florida; and Julie Walker in New York.

Brian Kemp preemptively declared an emergency, ordering 500 National Guard troops onto standby to respond as needed.Before turning toward Florida, Ian struck Cuba’s Pinar del Rio province with sustained winds of 125 mph (205 kph) and causing destruction in the island nation's world-famous tobacco belt.No deaths were reported.Local government station TelePinar reported heavy damage at the main hospital in Pinar del Rio city, tweeting photos of collapsed ceilings, widely flung debris and toppled trees.Some people left the stricken area on foot, carrying their children, while buses tried to evacuated others through waterlogged streets.

Others opted to stay at their damaged houses."It was horrible," said Yusimi Palacios, a resident of Pinar del Rio inside her damaged house."But here we are alive, and I only ask the Cuban revolution to help me with the roof and the mattress." ___ Associated Press contributors include Christina Mesquita in Havana, Cuba; Cody Jackson in Tampa, Florida; Freida Frisaro in Miami; Anthony Izaguirre in Tallahassee, Florida; Mike Schneider in Orlando, Florida; Seth Borenstein in Washington and Bobby Caina Calvan in New York.BREAKING NEWS.

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