Florida Governor Ron DeSantis activated the National Guard on Sunday, saying that while Ian’s path is uncertain, his impact will be felt widely across the state. State and federal disaster declarations were made over the weekend.
One model projects that Ian will make landfall in the Tampa Bay region, while another model projects that it will make landfall in theDeSantis said.
“Everybody in Florida is going to feel the impact of the storm,” Kevin Guthrie, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, told CNN on Sunday.
A big concern is how quickly the storm could intensify, said Jason Dunion, director of the hurricane research program at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
“The storm can increase its speed by 35 miles per hour (56 kilometers per hour) in one day,” Dunon said. “It can go from a tropical storm to a category 1 (hurricane), or from a category 1 to a category 3 in just that 24-hour period. That makes it especially important for people to pay attention to these storm in the days ahead.”
As Ian approaches, Floridians are being asked to stock up on supplies such as radios, water, canned food and medicine for at least seven days, and to familiarize themselves with evacuation routes.
Residents of Tampa and other areas began lining up for sandbags as they prepared for Ian.
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