Cuba, Florida Brace For Hurricane Ian
Havana, Sept 27 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 27th Sep, 2022 ) :Cuba on Monday declared an emergency alert in its six most western provinces as fast-approaching Hurricane Ian strengthened rapidly, with Florida also ramping up preparations ahead of a possible hit.
The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned Ian was intensifying and could pass over western Cuba late Monday and early Tuesday.
"Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 85 miles (135 kilometers) per hour with higher gusts," it said.
"Rapid strengthening is expected during the next day or so, and Ian is forecast to become a major hurricane." Cuba's Insmet meteorology institute said Ian was advancing at a speed of 22 kilometers per hour.
In Florida, the city of Tampa was under a hurricane watch, and Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency in all 67 counties as officials scrambled to prepare for the storm's forecast landing on late Wednesday or Thursday.
He warned people to prepare for power cuts.
"Even if the eye of the storm doesn't hit your region, you're going to have really significant winds, it's going to knock over trees, it's going to cause interruptions," DeSantis said, warning of likely flooding.
NASA said it was rolling back its massive Moon rocket into its storage hangar at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida due to the hurricane.