“It’s a hard thing to say stay tuned, but that’s the right message right now.”
Senior Hurricane Specialist, John Cangialosi, National Hurricane Center, about Hurricane Ian's path.
sep 25, 2022
Why It Matters: President Biden as well as the Governor of Florida have issued emergency declarations ahead of the potential landfall of Hurricane Ian. Interesting To Note: This hurricane comes after a quiet beginning to hurricane season. For the first time in 25 years, there were no named hurricanes in the month of August.
- The Path: Ian is expected to hit Cuba late today or early tomorrow, and then make landfall in Florida on Wednesday. Residents have been warned to prepare for impact; many schools have cancelled classes ahead of the storm.
- The National Hurricane Center states: "... there is a risk of a life-threatening storm surge, hurricane-force winds, and heavy rainfall along the west coast of Florida and the Florida Panhandle by the middle of this week."
- Something to Consider: Ian is still considered a Category 1 hurricane for now, though forecasters warn that it could likely become a Category 4 hurricane by the end of the week. Category 4 hurricanes are considered "major," with winds between 130 and 156 miles per hour.
Ian strengthens into a hurricane, heads toward Cuba, Florida (The Associated Press)