Florida Governor Ron DeSantis campaigns for Republican Senate candidate JD Vance at an event hosted by Turning Point Action in Youngstown, Ohio, U.S. August 19, 2022.
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency for 24 counties as Tropical Storm Ian strengthens over the Caribbean and is expected to bring heavy rain and hurricane-force winds to the state this week. next.
DeSantis issued the order Friday encouraging residents and local governments to prepare as the storm goes to the state. He also requested a federal emergency declaration before landing.
“This storm has the potential to develop into a major hurricane and we encourage all Floridians to be prepared,” DeSantis said in a statement. “We are coordinating with all state and local government partners to monitor the potential impacts of this storm.”
The National Hurricane Center said Ian is expected to strengthen rapidly in the coming days before moving into western Cuba and approaching Florida next week with major hurricane strength.
John Cangialosi, senior hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, said it was currently unclear where Ian would hit hardest in Florida and said residents should start preparing for the storm, including by gathering supplies for possible power outages.
“Too early to tell if this will be a Southeast Florida or Central Florida problem or just statewide,” he said. “So at this point, the right message for those living in Florida is that you need to watch the forecast and be prepared and prepared for the potential impact of this tropical system.”
Governor’s statement applies to Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lee, Manatee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, and St. Lucie counties.
Meanwhile, heavy rains and winds are whipping across Atlantic Canada like a mighty post tropical cyclone made landfall there, with forecasters warning it could be one of the strongest storms in the county’s history. Fiona made landfall in Nova Scotia before dawn on Saturday.
Over 500,000 customers in Atlantic Canada were affected by outages. Ocean waves hit the town of Port Aux Basques on the south coast of Newfoundland, where entire structures were swept into the sea.