December 8, 2022

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Category 3 Hurricane Ian makes landfall in Cuba

A massive Category 3 storm early on Tuesday, Hurricane Ian raged on a course that may see it strike Florida's west coast as a Category 4 hurricane.

A massive Category 3 storm early on Tuesday, Hurricane Ian raged on a course that may see it strike Florida’s west coast as a Category 4 hurricane. Its rain and gusts pounded Cuba’s western peninsula, where authorities have evacuated 50,000 people.

Early on Tuesday, the hurricane made landfall in Cuba’s Pinar del Rio province, where authorities quickly dispatched emergency workers, set up 55 shelters, and took precautions to save crops in the country’s primary tobacco-growing region. The west shore of the island could experience storm surge of up to 14 feet (4.3 metres), according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

According to hurricane centre senior specialist Daniel Brown, Cuba should expect extremely high hurricane-force winds, a potentially fatal storm surge, and a lot of rain.

Ian was expected to grow further after crossing Cuba and then make landfall in Florida as early as Wednesday as a Category 4 storm with maximum winds of 140 mph (225 km/h) over the warm Gulf of Mexico.

For their first direct hit by a major hurricane since 1921, Tampa and St. Petersburg appeared to be among the most potential targets as of Monday.

“I ask that you take this storm seriously. It is authentic. At a news conference on storm preparations in Tampa on Monday, Hillsborough County Emergency Management Director Timothy Dudley declared, “This is not a practise.

On Monday, Havana’s renowned Malecon beachside avenue saw fishermen removing their boats from the water while city workers cleared up storm drains in preparation for the coming rain.

Adyz Ladron, a resident of Havana, expressed his concern about the storm’s potential for rising water.

He pointed to his chest and stated, “I am quite worried because my house is entirely flooded, with water up to here.

Residents of the impoverished El Fanguito district of Havana, which is close to the Almendares River, were packing up what they could to flee their homes.

“I’m hoping we avoid this one because it would be our demise. Abel Rodrigues, a health worker, stated, “We already have so little.

With sustained winds of 125 mph (205 km/h), Ian made landfall in Cuba, according to a 4:30 a.m. EDT (0830 GMT) update from the Hurricane Center. Ian reached Category 3 hurricane status earlier on Tuesday, which is the threshold at which the centre identifies a storm as a major hurricane. Category 3 hurricanes have maximum sustained winds of at least 111 mph (178 km/h).

The centre predicted “severe wind and storm surge damage” for western Cuba on Tuesday morning.

Rather than lingering over Cuba, Ian will slow down over the Gulf of Mexico and become larger and stronger. This, according to the hurricane centre, “will have the potential to bring significant wind and storm surge impacts over the west coast of Florida.”

The Tampa Bay region was expected to experience a surge of up to 10 feet (3 metres) of ocean water and 10 inches (25 centimetres) of rain, with as much as 15 centimetres (38 centimetres) inches in isolated spots. That much water would completely engulf coastal communities.

According to county administrator Bonnie Wise, as many as 300,000 people could be evacuated from low-lying areas in Hillsborough County alone. In the most susceptible neighbourhoods, some of those evacuations started on Monday afternoon, and schools and other places opened as shelters.

“We must take all necessary precautions to safeguard our residents. Time is of the importance, according to Wise.

Florida residents emptied shop shelves of bottled water as they stood in line for hours in Tampa to obtain sacks of sand. As Ian spins northward off the state’s Gulf Coast, Gov. Ron DeSantis proclaimed a state of emergency and issued a warning that it could lash significant portions of the state, cutting electricity and disrupting fuel supply.

At a press conference, DeSantis stated, “You have a tremendous storm that may develop into a Category 4 hurricane.” “That will result in a significant storm surge. Events involving flooding are inevitable. There will be many various effects on you.

According to DeSantis, the state has suspended tolls in the vicinity of Tampa Bay and activated 5,000 members of the Florida state national guard, with an additional 2,000 members on standby in adjacent states.

Additionally, President Joe Biden proclaimed a state of emergency, empowering the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security to coordinate disaster relief efforts and offer support to safeguard people and property. Due of the storm, the president cancelled a planned trip to Florida for Tuesday.

To be safe, NASA intended to carefully wheel the moon rocket from the launch pad to its hangar at the Kennedy Space Center, delaying the test flight by several weeks.

In advance of their game against the Kansas City Chiefs next weekend, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made an announcement Monday night that the football team was transferring its football operations to the Miami region. The Buccaneers announced that they would depart Tuesday.

Much of the Florida peninsula was expected to see flash flooding, and the southeast of the United States could get significant rains later this week. The Florida Keys to Lake Okeechobee were under watches as winds from Ian’s centre extended 115 miles (185 kilometres) outward.

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