Unpredictable Hurricane Ian strengthened overnight as it churned in the Caribbean, prompting urgent preparations in Florida, where the storm could deliver impacts, including tornadoes.
Florida Officials say they could start issuing evacuation orders today. Hurricane Ian is likely heading for the state, possibly arriving as a major hurricane with powerful winds and dangerous storm surge.
Forecasters are still working out Ian's precise path. They say people across Florida should prepare for the worst. That's why people in Tampa are loading up on sandbags. Early evacuation could be especially important for people like seniors who need extra time.
Tampa's Mayor says the city's been preparing its stormwater system to accommodate Ian. The state says it's partnering with FEMA to have resources ready, but that doesn't mean people should ignore evacuation orders.
Even as Ian grows stronger, its sustained winds are at 75 mph with higher gusts, there remains “higher than usual” uncertainty over its track and intensity, according to the National Hurricane Center.