Florida Evacuations Coming as Hurricane Ian Gains Strength
(RepublicanNews.org) – Hurricane Ian is gathering strength as it approaches Florida. Meanwhile, as the storm grows more intense, residents are preparing for the worst. Some parts of the state have issued evacuation orders in an effort to minimize the number of casualties.
#Tampa: #HurricaneIan is on its way. @HillsboroughFL has issued a mandatory evacuation order for Zone A & a voluntary evacuation order for Zone B.
Please heed these warnings. Protect yourself and your loved ones.
Find your evacuation zone here: https://t.co/J1yOcdjYIq pic.twitter.com/G2aNoyvw4X
— Jane Castor (@JaneCastor) September 26, 2022
Weather experts expect the hurricane to hit areas like Tampa, Florida the hardest. The city’s mayor, Jane Castor, told WFLA News Channel 8 during a press conference that “Mother Nature always wins.” The local leader said that residents should check to see if they live in flood zones because the maps have changed. She added that newcomers should pay heed to the advice of old-timers. The National Weather Service reported Ian had sustained winds of 120 mph at 2 p.m. on September 27.
2 PM Sep 27, Hurricane Ian |
ABOUT 85 MI…SSW OF THE DRY TORTUGAS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…120 MPH
PRESENT MOVEMENT…N AT 10 MPH
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…955 MB#FLKeys #KeyWest #FLwx pic.twitter.com/p2pu6lZC8p
— NWS Key West (@NWSKeyWest) September 27, 2022
Hurricane Ian is certain to affect much of the Sunshine State one way or another. Orlando, Jacksonville, and Tallahassee have started to make preparations as Ian approaches and looks to impact up to 15 million people. There will likely be flooding as a result of the storm surge and heavy rainfall. Winds in excess of 100 mph will cause damage to trees and structures.
Governor Ron DeSantis noted during a press briefing on September 26 that Hurricane Ian was “really, really big,” explaining the storm’s diameter stretched for about 500 miles.
The Republican also mentioned the state has activated 5,000 of its National Guardsmen and will receive a supplemental 2,000 more soldiers from Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia to prepare for disaster relief efforts.
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