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Tropical Storm Ian May hit Florida as a ‘major hurricane’ on Wednesday



Tropical Storm Ian could be the first major hurricane to hit Florida since Hurricane Michael made landfall in 2018 as a Category 5 storm, killing at least 45 people and causing $25 billion in damage.

Tropical Storm Ian is set to hit Florida on Tuesday or Wednesday. By then, it could be a “major hurricane,” according to the National Hurricane Center. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis extended the state of emergency it issued yesterday from 24 counties statewide.
As of 2 p.m. Saturday, Tropical Storm Ian was 270 miles south of Kingston, Jamaica, with winds of 45 mph and moving west at 16 mph. This expected to hit the Cayman Islands as a tropical storm Sunday, although it could be a hurricane at that time. A hurricane watch warning has been issued in the Cayman Islands.

By Monday evening, Ian is expected to make landfall in western Cuba with winds of 105MPH. Storms generally slow over land, but Ian is not expected to stay over Cuba for long and should pick up speed as it crosses the Gulf of Mexico. Between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, it is expected to hit Florida as a Category 2 or 3 hurricane with winds of 110-115 MPH.

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Ian moved further west than originally planned between Friday evening and Saturday morning. If this trend continues, its center could miss Florida and only hit the state with high tropical storm winds. That would be good news for Florida but bad news for residents of other Gulf states. Still, the most likely scenario, according to computer models, is that Ian will make landfall just north of Tampa, Florida.

There will be more clarity on Ian’s path after he passes over Cuba.

This hurricane season, which usually peaks in early September, was expected to be more active than usual, but proved to be relatively calm. No major storms have struck the contiguous United States, with Hurricane Fiona being the only hurricane to hit U.S. territory when it ripped through Puerto Rico, which is still suffering from the effects of the storm. Fiona has since moved to Atlantic Canada, where she is wreak havoc as a post-tropical cyclone.

Residents of Florida and other Gulf States are advised to keep an eye out for the storm and have a hurricane plan ready.

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