Millions under evacuation as hurricane Ian is about to hit Florida

This week, Ian will have a variety of hazards that will affect Florida. As Ian is forecasted to track over the southeasterly Gulf of Mexico today before starting to approach the west coast of Florida on Wednesday. As Ian travels to Florida, a variety of weather risks are anticipated: Hurricane and tropical storm force winds, a potentially fatal storm surge throughout much of Florida’s west coast, a lot of rain and flash flooding in urban areas, and eventually tornadoes.

Hurricane Ian roared past Cuba on Tuesday, strengthening to a Category 3 major hurricane. Based on the storm’s anticipated path, it will likely make landfall in Florida between Tampa and Naples on Wednesday night.

More than 2.5 million people have been ordered to leave Pasco County, which is located north of Tampa Bay and south of Collier County. Ian’s maximum sustained winds increased rapidly during the period of 24 hours, from 5 a.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday, exceeding the requirements for rapid escalation.

The National Hurricane Center places Ian’s center in the Gulf of Mexico around 305 miles south-southwest of Sarasota as of 11 a.m. It made landfall around 4:30 a.m. and is currently traveling at a speed of 10 mph toward the north. Winds from a hurricane can be felt for 35 miles, and winds from a tropical storm can be felt for 140 miles.

If you are under evacuation, Governor DeSantis announced that Expedia has set up a special page for inexpensive lodging options at expedia.com/florida. “Make sure you’re executing your plan. This is imminent,”the Governor said. Volusia is currently under a tropical storm watch, while Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk, and Seminole counties are under a tropical storm warning. Within 36 hours, the region is predicted to see tropical storm conditions. A hurricane watch is also in effect for the counties of Lake, Sumter, and Polk.

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