Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has decided to extend the state of emergency that was previously applied to parts of the state to the entire region.
“The storm is likely to develop into a full-blown hurricane, and we urge all residents to prepare. We are coordinating with state and local authorities to determine the effects the storm may have,” DeSantis said in a statement.
President Joe Biden has ordered the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to work to protect life and property.
The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) expects Ian to move over western Cuba and toward the west coast and northwest parts of Florida by midweek.
According to the NHC, the storm will reach hurricane strength on Sunday with a risk of “severe winds and very high waves,” developing into a widespread hurricane late Monday.
In Cuba, the authorities planned to evacuate people, according to state media. But no eviction orders have yet been issued.
NHC hurricane expert John Cangialosi explains that it is not possible after Sunday to determine where Ian will hit hard. But he urges Florida residents to prepare and stock up on supplies and equipment.
– There is still time to prepare, he says.
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