Florida is on alert as Hurricane Ian makes landfall in Cuba as a Category 3 storm.

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Florida is on alert as Hurricane Ian makes landfall in Cuba as a Category 3 storm. Hurricane forecasters said Ian hurricane, a Category 3 storm that made landfall over western Cuba early on Tuesday, brought “significant wind and storm surge impacts” as it made its way toward Florida.

In order to avoid the worst of the storm, residents of coastal communities near the Tampa Bay area have been ordered to leave and urged to travel even short distances. According to the National Hurricane Center’s most recent advisory,

Ian will move over western Cuba in the coming hours, with its strength remaining largely unchanged before intensifying as it emerges southeast of the Gulf of Mexico in the late morning. Later on Tuesday, it is anticipated to move west of the Florida Keys before Wednesday night, when it will turn into a major hurricane and approach Florida’s west coast.

Before making landfall close to La Coloma in the Pinar Del Rio Province of Cuba, the storm grew stronger over the course of the previous night and was now a Category 3 hurricane with maximum winds that were estimated to exceed 115 mph. The National Hurricane Center advised residents to take immediate action to evacuate and protect property as life-threatening storm surges, hurricane-force winds, flash floods, and mudslides were anticipated in western Cuba over the weekend and into Tuesday.

By 8 a.m. Tuesday, Ian had intensified even more and was moving north at a speed of 12 mph, about 130 miles to the southwest of Dry Tortugas National Park in the vicinity of the Florida Keys.

Ian, which looks to be on course to make landfall between Naples and the Big Bend region of the west coast between Wednesday and Thursday, poses a threat of bringing severe flooding and damaging winds to Florida’s Gulf Coast. By late Tuesday, it is predicted to strengthen to a Category 4 storm with winds of 140 mph, making it the strongest September hurricane in the Gulf since Rita in 2005. The storm is then anticipated to gradually weaken as it nears Florida, making landfall as a Category 3 storm with 125 mph maximum sustained winds.

On Monday evening, storm surge and hurricane warnings were issued for the Tampa Bay area. The storm surge, which is an increase in ocean water over typically dry land brought on by low air pressure and strong winds, may be the hurricane’s biggest threat. According to the National Hurricane Center, Ian could bring a potentially deadly and destructive storm surge of up to 5 to 10 feet to Florida’s coastline. Because of the Florida coastline’s gentle ocean bottom slope, even a weak hurricane or tropical storm can result in significant coastal inundation.

As the storm moves slowly toward Florida, flooding rains are also likely to occur, with some areas possibly receiving 10 to 20 inches or more. Ian is a part of a surge of late-season tropical activity in the Atlantic basin, where no named tropical cyclones formed in August for the first time in 25 years. There are currently only two tropical systems being monitored, down from as many as five in recent days, including the developing Ian. The other could soon develop into Tropical Storm Julia and is located several hundred miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands.

According to predictions, the storm will continue to move north toward the Panhandle while still being offshore of Florida’s western coast. But along the way, it will pour down a lot of rain, up to 15 inches in some places and 8 to 10 inches across central and western Florida. Due to the double-whammy of the storm surge and waves that are whipped by strong winds, the deepest waters are anticipated to strike on the storm’s right side in areas along the coast.

By the middle of this week, the west coast of Florida and the Florida Panhandle could experience a life-threatening storm surge, hurricane-force winds, and significant rainfall, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Shoppers in the predicted path of the storm are stocking up on supplies like water and batteries. While some shelves were reportedly empty in northern Florida, people in the Tampa area appeared more at ease and hopeful that the storm would miss them. A customer at a Winn-Dixie in Sarasota told member station WUSF on Sunday that “it’s trending west.” We’ve looked at the models, and only a few of them seem to have an effect on us; the rest all point to the Panhandle.

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