FLORIDA - As Tropical Storm Ian churns in the Caribbean, Florida have declared an emergency. As the storm nears the state's panhandle and west coast, it is expected to strengthen into a major hurricane. Hurricane Ian's path is expected to affect all 67 counties in the Sunshine State.
The storm is expected to become a major hurricane on Tuesday, with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph. If Ian reaches this strength, it will become the second major hurricane of the Atlantic season. Last season, Hurricane Fiona was the first major hurricane. Experts predict that the storm will continue to intensify and reach Category 4 strength over the western coast of Florida this week.
Hurricane Ian is expected to bring heavy rain, powerful winds, and a potentially life-threatening storm surge. In addition, the storm could cause widespread power outages, resulting in a major power and supply shortage. It is important that people in Florida have access to water and other essentials, so they don't get stranded in the storm.
Authorities in Florida have distributed sandbags and advised residents to stock up on food, water, and supplies. They also advise residents to pack important documents and find evacuation routes. Florida has declared a state of emergency, and President Biden has called for federal assistance.