DCR Weather: Hurricane Ian is a Category 5 storm heading for Florida.🌀☕☕☕

Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves a hurricane heading for Florida.

Hurricane Ian is now Category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds of almost 155 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said early morning Wednesday. Ahead of a landfall expected by Wednesday afternoon, meteorologists warned it will cause “catastrophic storm surge, winds, and flooding in the Florida peninsula.”

Ian is bringing hurricane force winds to a wide swath of Florida’s west coast and tropical storm conditions to nearly the entire length of the state. Landfall is expected somewhere between Tampa Bay and Cape Coral, damaging winds, dangerous waves and flooding rain will be widespread.

Credit: National Weather Service.

More than 2 million people in Florida are under evacuation orders. Ian is set to move slowly toward the coast, and its effects are expected to be felt into the weekend.

This is going to be a nasty, nasty day” and more will follow, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) told a news conference as the massive storm caused widespread power outages. He said 5,000 Florida National Guard members and 2,000 more from neighboring states were activated.

Credit: The Washington Post, National Weather Service.

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