USA. Hurricane Ian Closer to Florida. Evacuations, no electricity. “It’s gonna be nasty days”

Ian picked up on Wednesday to become an extremely dangerous hurricane of category 4 on the five-point, ascending Saffir-Simpson scale. It is close to becoming a Category 5 hurricane. It carries a wind speed of 250 kilometers per hour and heavy rainfall and the risk of tornadoes. “It’s time to hide and prepare for this storm because it is so powerful,” said Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. “It’s going to be a nasty two or three days,” he added.

Ian is a hurricane of the fourth category on the Saffir-Simpson scale, considered “extremely dangerous”. On Wednesday afternoon of our time, he was about 100 kilometers southwest of the city of Punta Gorda, Florida. The wind speed that accompanies it reaches up to 250 kilometers per hour. According to the US National Center for Hurricanes (NHC), the element could cause catastrophic damage on the Florida peninsula. It will only weaken slightly when it reaches land.

As reported on Wednesday afternoon, the website monitoring the availability of electricity, 160,000 consumers in Florida were deprived of energy.

Tampa Airport and Sarasota Bradenton International Airport have been suspended due to the hurricane threat.

Areas from Englewood to Bonita Beach and Charlotte Harbor can be hit by storm waves up to 5.5 meters high.

“It’s gonna be nasty days”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday that residents of Collier, Lee, Charlotte and Sarasota counties can no longer safely evacuate. He called on them to stay at home.

– It’s time to hide and prepare for this stormsbecause it is powerful – said Ron DeSantis. “It’s going to be a nasty two or three days,” added the governor.

Hurricane Ian, satellite image taken on Wednesday, September 28NOAA / NASA

Sarasota County Communications Director, Florida Jamie Carson told residents it was the last time to get to the evacuation centers.

“If you can still safely reach an emergency center, an emergency shelter, or the home of a friend or family member, then do so,” Jamie Carson called at a press briefing Wednesday.

“Stay indoors, stay away from windows”

According to NHC information, Ian is due to disembark on Wednesday morning or early afternoon local time. Authorities called on over 2.5 million residents to evacuate. In some places, 250-380 liters of water per square meter may drop.

“We expect Ian’s center to reach the coast tonight. And then it will slowly move northeast across the Florida peninsula, bringing strong gusts of wind, says Michael Brennan, deputy director of NOAA.

“Stay indoors, stay away from windows,” Kevin Guthrie, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, Florida’s crisis management center, told a news conference Wednesday. He warned of possible power cuts and the risk of tornadoes.

Forecast route of Hurricane IanNHC, NOAA

Ian hit Cuba

Ian hit Cuba on Tuesday and left the entire Caribbean island without electricity. At least two people were killed. The most severe damage was recorded in the western part of the island, especially in the Pinar del Rio province.

According to information from Cuban authorities, the hurricane cut off numerous electric and telephone lines.

They flew into the eye of Hurricane Ian

They flew into the eye of Hurricane IanReuters

Main photo source: NOAA / NASA

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