Residents of the Gulf Coast, Florida, in the United States, closed their homes and headed for higher ground on Tuesday (27), as Hurricane Ian, which left much destruction in Cuba, headed for the region. The storm will carry heavy rain and winds of over 200 km/h.
Crossing the Caribbean toward Florida, Ian, a Category 3 hurricane, left Cuba without power and flooded many villages.
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Merchant seals restaurant main door as protection against Hurricane Ian, which is approaching Florida (Photo: Ricardo Arduengo / AFP Photo)
More than 2.5 million Florida residents were under evacuation orders or alerts, with the storm on track to make landfall as a Category 3 hurricane Wednesday night somewhere along the Gulf Coast.
The hurricane is most likely to hit the city of Tampa, near Sarasota, first, the US National Hurricane Center said. The region boasts miles of beaches and dozens of hotels and resorts – and is a favorite with retirees and tourists alike.
“The impacts will be much, much broader,” warned Governor Ron DeSantis.
Sign shows Florida hurricane escape route (Photo: Marco Bello / Reuters)