Hurricane Ian threatens Cuba and Florida

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Hurricane Ian threatens Cuba and Florida

Waves hit the coastline of Batabano, Cuba, as Tropical Storm Ian upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane. After the west coast of Cuba, Ian is expected to hit Florida.

Tropical Storm Ian, which upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane on Monday, is threatening Cuba and Florida after Canada suffered massive damage as Fiona passed.

Ian is becoming a hurricane, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) announced on Monday, warning that further rapid strengthening is expected today. The Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane strength ranges from 1 to 5.

Ian was heading northwest toward western Cuba and the Cayman Islands with sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour, according to the NHC and the Cuban Institute of Meteorology (Insmet ).

It is expected to affect western Cuba in particular on Monday, with significant wind and storm surge impacts, according to the NHC.

Cuban Civil Defense issued a cyclone warning on Monday morning for the six westernmost provinces of the island

“In view of the continued deterioration of weather conditions for the western region […] it has been decided to establish from 8 a.m. (local time) a cyclonic alert phase. »

— Cuban Civil Defense

The provinces of Pinar del Rio, Artemisa, Havana, Mayabeque, Cienfuegos and Isla de la Juventud, an island located 344 kilometers south of the capital, are concerned.

In the alert phase, the authorities are preparing for evacuations in risk areas, as well as the installation of drinking water tanks and medical posts.

< p class="e-p">The largest island in the British territory of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman, has also issued a hurricane warning. Ian should graze her on Monday.

The NHC had indicated on Sunday that it expected Ian to become a major hurricane within the next 24 to 48 hours, that is to say, according to its nomenclature, likely to inflict devastating damage, x27;damage homes, uproot trees, and disrupt water and electricity distribution.

The organization classifies hurricanes as major ones with winds reaching at least 178 kilometers per hour, or categories 3, 4 and 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

Ian should go up, via the Gulf of Mexico, to Florida, which has already begun to take precautions.

NASA has given up the takeoff scheduled for Tuesday of its new mega-rocket for the Moon, from the Kennedy Space Center located in this state in the southern United States.

The state of & #x27;emergency has been declared in all 67 counties of Florida and the authorities have multiplied the preparations.

Ian will bring heavy rain, high winds, flash flooding and storm surges, as well as isolated tornadoes along Florida's Gulf Coast, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis warned Monday in Tallahassee. /p>

At a supermarket in Kissimmee, Florida, people emptied the shelves ahead of the hurricane Ian.

Some 5,000 members of the National Guard are mobilized, to which are added 2,000 reinforcements from Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina, he said.

The governor asked residents to stock up on food, water, medicine, and fuel, as well as prepare for power outages.

Several Florida municipalities , such as Miami, Fort Lauderdale or Tampa, have started distributing sandbags to residents to help them protect their homes from the risk of flooding.

Hillsborough (west), where Tampa is located, and Collier (southwest) counties have issued mandatory evacuation orders for the most vulnerable coastal areas.

“We didn't make this decision easily, but the storm poses a serious threat.

— Hillsborough County Administrator Bonnie Wise

U.S. President Joe Biden has placed 24 of the counties under a state of emergency, unlocking federal aid.

Hurricane Fiona caused death and destruction last week in the Caribbean, where at least seven people were killed, and Saturday on the Atlantic coast of Canada ( three dead). Fiona is now a post-tropical storm that weakens as it moves northward.

Ultimately, this will be the storm that caused the most damage we have ever seen,” Tim Houston, the premier of Nova Scotia, commented on CBC News on Sunday.

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