Hurricane Ian makes landfall in Cuba as it approaches Florida – Smithers Interior News

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Early on September 27, Hurricane Ian upgraded to a major Category 3 storm as it made landfall in western Cuba, just southwest of the town of La Coloma in Pinar Del province. Rio.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Ian slammed into Cuba around 4:30 a.m. ET with maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour. Cuban authorities said hundreds of thousands of people had been evacuated and emergency and medical personnel had been deployed.

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On September 26, Ian passed through the neighboring Cayman Islands with no reports of major damage. Prime Minister Wayne Panton said the UK territory was “very fortunate to have been spared the worst of a potentially very severe storm”.

Meanwhile, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has declared a statewide emergency with a direct impact on the Tampa Bay forecast as early as September 28.

“It’s going to cause a huge storm surge. You’re going to have flooding. You’re going to have a lot of different impacts,” DeSantis said.

“This storm is trending down, which means it could potentially stay on us for 47 hours,” said Pinellas County Emergency Management Director Cathie Perkins. “It’s a lot of rain, and it’s not going to be able to drain quickly.”

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