Currently, the hurricane set to make its way into Florida, Hurricane Ian, is a category 4 storm, which is a very serious issue that can lead to death and floods. Experts are concerned about the hurricane’s potential to reach a category 5 storm, which would put the storm on the same level as Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Harvey. According to www.nhc.noaa.gov “5 (major) – 157 mph or higher – Catastrophic damage will occur: A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.”
Floridians have been encouraged to evacuate for days by Governor Ron DeSantis, and hopefully many have. As the storm inches closer, the seriousness of the storm is already being felt, and the fears are that the storm could because more dangerous. Those who have not left at this point are likely stuck in Florida, as many bridges and roads are closed.
Hurricane Ian is suspected to have spawned multiple small tornadoes, which have damaged over 15 airplanes at a hanger, which luckily injured no one at this point.
According to OrlandoSentinel.com:
Hurricane Ian approached Category 5 status with sustained winds of 155 mph as it barreled toward Florida’s southwest coast this morning expected to trudge its way up toward Orlando tonight.
“Clearly, this is a very powerful major hurricane that’s going to have major impacts, both on impact in southwest Florida, but then as it continues to work through the state,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said from the state Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee this morning. “It is going to have major, major impacts in terms of wind, in terms of rain, in terms of flooding, so this is going to be a nasty, nasty day — two days.”
“So just understand the impact of the storm is going to be enormous,” he said. “There’s obviously some people who are in harm’s way by choice having hunkered down in their areas and we’re praying for them. Obviously there’s going to be there’s going to be rescue efforts made as soon as it’s safe to do so. … It’s going to be going to be a tragic event in many ways. But it’s something that we’re going to dig in on. We’re going to be there. We’re going to stand with the people who are most affected.”
Gusts of 190 mph are predicted when it makes landfall around 2 p.m., the updated NHC forecast said.
Due to the strong winds, the possibility of tornadoes, and flood warnings, Floridians are encouraged to seek safe shelter if they chose not to evacuate or were unable to. There is expected to be widespread power outages, Floridians should stock up on fuel and prepare generators, and Floridians should charge devices if they are still able to.
The storm has the potential to be historic, and over 10 feet of rain can occur in multiple areas across Florida.