Hurricane Ian becomes Category 4 and approaches Florida

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Hurricane Ian becomes Category 4 and approaches Florida

Erwin Martinez, Tatiana Rodriguez and Alfonso Rojas were filling sandbags on a Tampa beach as Hurricane Ian approached Florida.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) announced at 5 a.m. Wednesday that Hurricane Ian had gained strength in the Gulf of Mexico and is now Category 4 with winds blowing up to 'at 220 kilometers per hour.

The NHC calls the hurricane extremely dangerous and adds that it could cause deadly damage, catastrophic winds and flooding.

At 5 a.m., the hurricane was located at approximately 125 miles west-southwest of Naples, Florida. It is moving at 17 km/h.

Storm surge warnings are notably in effect from Bonita Beach to Tampa Bay.

Already, the winds and the rain have started to intensify after the hurricane passed over Cuba, which plunged the island into complete darkness.

Cuba's capital, Havana, was plunged into complete darkness following Hurricane Ian.

Florida Governor Ron de Santis has declared a state-wide state of emergency. At least 2.5 million people are affected by evacuation orders.

Nothing can be done about natural disasters, said Vinod Nair.

Nair, who drove from the Tampa area Tuesday with his wife, son, dog and two kittens looking for a hotel in Orlando. We live in a high-risk area, so we thought it best to evacuate.

With information from Associated Press, and Agence France-Presse

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