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 A hurricane warning has been extended southward on the west coast of the southeastern U S state of Florida to Chokoloskee forecasters said Tuesday evening The U S National Hurricane Centre updated in a public advisory that Hurricane Ian was about 85 kilometres south southwest of the Dry Tortugas A U S national park made up of a series of islands The Category three hurricane which has maximum sustained winds of 195 kilometres per hour is expected to bring life threatening storm surges catastrophic winds and flooding to the Florida Peninsula The centre of the storm is forecast to move over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday passing west of the Florida Keys later in the day and approach the west coast of Florida within the hurricane warning area on Wednesday Over 2 5 million people in Florida are now under some type of evacuation order Gov Ron DeSantis told reporters on Tuesday evening At least 1 75 million people are under mandatory evacuation orders according to a tally by CNN of local city and county governments U S President Joe Biden said at the White House on Tuesday afternoon that Florida is now preparing for Hurricane Ian to make landfall Forecasts can change but for now the experts say this could be a very severe hurricane life threatening and devastating in its impact Biden warned The latest predicted path of the hurricane shows that it may land a little further south than first anticipated Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said at a news conference The Federal Emergency Management Agency has deployed 700 personnel to Florida and DeSantis has activated 5 000 state National Guard members with another 2 000 coming from other states according to the White House Universal Orlando Resort theme parks and CityWalk in Orlando Florida would be closed on Wednesday and Thursday due to the hurricane The company tweeted Tuesday Disney said its theme parks in Orlando will also be closed ahead of the storm The commander of the U S 4th Fleet headquartered at Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville Florida has ordered all ships and aircraft to make preparations for Hurricane Ian s expected arrival according to a press release Ships began departures from Naval Station Mayport on Tuesday and will complete heavy weather mooring if required to stay in port And aircraft would initiate evacuations from area airfields or be secured in hangars rated to withstand hurricane force winds Four ships and multiple rotaries and fixed wing aircraft were expected to relocate and remain out of the local area until it was determined safe to return the U S 4th Fleet said The Edison Electric Institute an association that represents all U S investor owned electric companies said on Tuesday that electric companies in Florida and the southeastern part of the United States have activated their emergency response plans They are prepositioning crews and equipment to be ready to respond to any power outages quickly and as soon as it is safe to do so the association said in a press release More than 30 000 workers from at least 23 states already are mobilising to support the response The storm system comes a week after Hurricane Fiona hit Puerto Rico bringing heavy rainfall and flash flooding to the U S territory while cutting power to the entire islands More than 460 000 customers were still out of power in Puerto Rico as of Tuesday afternoon according to an online tracker NewsSourceCredit NAN
Hurricane warning extended as Florida braces for potentially devastating Ian

A hurricane warning has been extended southward on the west coast of the southeastern U.

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National Hurricane Centre

The U.

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S. National Hurricane Centre updated in a public advisory that Hurricane Ian was about 85 kilometres south-southwest of the Dry Tortugas.

A U.

S. national park made up of a series of islands.

Florida Peninsula

The Category three hurricane, which has maximum sustained winds of 195 kilometres per hour, is expected to bring life-threatening storm surges, catastrophic winds, and flooding to the Florida Peninsula.

Florida Keys

The centre of the storm is forecast to move over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, passing west of the Florida Keys later in the day, and approach the west coast of Florida within the hurricane warning area on Wednesday.

Ron DeSantis

Over 2.5 million people in Florida are now under some type of evacuation order, Gov. Ron DeSantis told reporters on Tuesday evening.

At least 1.75 million people are under mandatory evacuation orders, according to a tally by CNN of local city and county governments.

Joe Biden

U.

S. President Joe Biden said at the White House on Tuesday afternoon that Florida is now preparing for Hurricane Ian to make landfall.

“Forecasts can change, but for now, the experts say this could be a very severe hurricane, life-threatening and devastating in its impact,’’ Biden warned.

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor

The latest predicted path of the hurricane shows that “it may land a little further south than first anticipated,’’ Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said at a news conference.

Federal Emergency Management Agency

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has deployed 700 personnel to Florida, and DeSantis has activated 5,000 state National Guard members, with another 2,000 coming from other states, according to the White House.

Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort theme parks and CityWalk in Orlando, Florida, would be closed on Wednesday and Thursday due to the hurricane.

The company tweeted Tuesday.

Disney said its theme parks in Orlando will also be closed ahead of the storm.

Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville

The commander of the U.

S. 4th Fleet, headquartered at Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida, has ordered all ships and aircraft to make preparations for Hurricane Ian’s expected arrival, according to a press release.

Naval Station Mayport

Ships began departures from Naval Station Mayport on Tuesday and will complete heavy weather mooring if required to stay in port.

And aircraft would initiate evacuations from area airfields or be secured in hangars rated to withstand hurricane force winds.

Four ships and multiple rotaries and fixed-wing aircraft were expected to relocate and remain out of the local area until it was determined safe to return, the U.

S. 4th Fleet said.

Edison Electric Institute

The Edison Electric Institute, an association that represents all U.

S. investor-owned electric companies, said on Tuesday that electric companies in Florida and the southeastern part of the United States have activated their emergency response plans.

“They are prepositioning crews and equipment to be ready to respond to any power outages quickly and as soon as it is safe to do so,’’ the association said in a press release.

“More than 30,000 workers from at least 23 states already are mobilising to support the response.

Hurricane Fiona

The storm system comes a week after Hurricane Fiona hit Puerto Rico, bringing heavy rainfall and flash flooding to the U.

S. territory while cutting power to the entire islands.

Puerto Rico

More than 460,000 customers were still out of power in Puerto Rico as of Tuesday afternoon, according to an online tracker.

NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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