Ian Transforms Into A Hurricane, Florida Prepares
Ian transformed into a major hurricane just before hitting Western Cuba. The storm is expected to continue strengthening over the island on a path for the waters of the Gulf of Mexico with Florida’s West Coast in its path later in the week. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in low lying areas around Tampa Bay, meanwhile other areas have been advised to evacuate voluntarily. Hurricane Ian has been forecasted to grow stronger with winds of 140mph before striking Florida. Governor Ron DeSantis said the state suspended tolls around the Tampa Bay area and mobilized 5,000 national guard troops as well as another 2,000 from other states are on stand by. 27,000 power restoration personnel have also been put on stand by to help with the aftermath. DeSantis has declared a state of emergency and urges residents to prepare for heavy impact.