Hurricane “Ian”, which made landfall in Cuba early this Tuesday with winds of 205 kilometers per hour, will maintain its strength as it crosses the largest of the Antilles and will strengthen when it emerges in the Gulf of Mexico as a major threat to Florida. , in the form of storm surges, wind, rain and tornadoes.
The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that “Ian”, category 3 is having “significant impacts of winds and storm surge over western Cuba”.
At the time of the bulletin, the center of “Ian”, the fourth hurricane of 2022 in the Atlantic, was located 15 km northeast of the city of Pinar del Río (Cuba) and about 185 km south-southwest of the Dry Tortugas, one of the Florida keys.
Starting tonight “Ian”, which is moving at about 19 km/h as it passes over western Cuba, turn to the north-northeast and slow down.
Maximum sustained winds are near 205 km/h with stronger gusts and little change in strength is expected as “Ian” moves over Cuba, although it will strengthen as it moves through the southeastern Gulf of Mexico.
Hurricane force winds extend up to 55 km from the center and weaker tropical storm force winds extend out to 185 km.
According to the trajectory forecast, after having passed Cuba, “Ian” will emerge today over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico and pass west of the Florida Keys, some of which are under a hurricane warning.
On Wednesday it will approach the west coast of Florida and will make landfall probably that night or early Thursday somewhere in the central part of that coastline as a “dangerous major hurricane.”
The warnings and surveillance of the NHC also extend to a sector of central Florida and another of the coast of the southeast coast of the state.
As in Cuba, in the part of Florida included in the “Ian” trajectory cone, dangerous storm surges can be produced that, combined with the tide, flood normally dry coastal areas.
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