Hurricane Ian sstrengthened to a Category 4 storm Wednesday morning and has since made landfall on the west coast of Florida. According to the latest update of National Hurricane Center.
Millions of people in Cuba were left without power after the country’s power grid collapsed following the storm.
Electrical Union of Cuba tweeted that the country is working to return power to the 11 million people living in the island nation. Power should be restored Wednesday morning at the latest.
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) and President Joe Biden are coordinating hurricane response efforts and spoke by phone, according to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
President Biden spoke to Governor DeSantis of Florida tonight to discuss the steps the federal government is taking to help Florida prepare for Hurricane Ian. The President and the Governor are committed to continuing close coordination.
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@PressSec) September 27, 2022
On Tuesday evening, the National Weather Service in Miami confirmed that a tornado touched down in Broward County, Florida as part of Ian’s outer bands. Additional watches and warnings are likely to be implemented as the storm moves closer to Florida.
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DeSantis declared a state of emergency for all 67 counties in Florida on Saturday.
Tampa Bay Area
Forecasts indicate that the Tampa Bay area will experience potentially deadly storm surges and hurricane force conditions, with the storm expected to make landfall south of the area.
Englewood Beach is expected to receive hurricane-force winds on Wednesday, with the eye of the storm expected to make landfall miles from the beach.