Just before Hurricane Ian arrived in Cuba, the hurricane’s severity was upgraded to Category 3 by the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
It is stated that the hurricane is advancing at a speed of 185 km per hour, USAMeasures are also increasing. The hurricane is expected to hit Cuba during the day and reach Florida on Wednesday and Thursday.
It has been stated that 19,283 people have been evacuated from the region so far in Pinar del Río, Cuba.
“The hurricane is showing unprecedented strength,” said Brandon Miller, meteorologist at CNN International.
Meteorologists announced that they expect the hurricane to reach an unprecedented speed for a long time, with a speed of 160 to 185 kilometers per hour.
The National Weather Service said in a written statement on its website, “All eyes are on Ian, which turned into a hurricane in the western Caribbean Sea early this morning and could turn into a major hurricane tonight near western Cuba. Due to the hurricane, life-threatening storm surge, tornado, Strong winds, heavy rain, flooding and tornadoes are just a few of the effects the state of Florida will see this week.” statements were included.
“THIS IS NOT SOMETHING WE HAVE SEEN BEFORE”
Although category velocity measures are based on forecasts, the Tampa area in western Florida could be directly hit by a hurricane for the first time since 1921, which is feared to be devastating.
“The last hurricane to hit us directly was nearly 100 years ago,” meteorologist Rick Davis of the National Weather Service’s Tampa Office told CNN. That’s why we have to take it seriously.”
CAN LAST 47 HOURS
The locals flocked to the markets while they were installing boards on their windows in order to prevent their houses from being damaged.
It is stated that after the hurricane hit, it is expected to last for an estimated 47 hours and 25 to 48 cm of precipitation is expected.
* Images of the news are provided by the Associated Press.