Hurricane Ian to be Category 4

After a long weekend of gloomy sky in Northeast US, Ian continues to gather power to rule over the east coast very soon. According to, “forecasters caution that… the storm’s strength and ability to stay organized had been hindered by persistent wind shear, which frequently limits the [strengthening] of tropical systems. However, that has recently changed, with intense thunderstorms now developing around the storm’s center, a sign of intensification.”

It has left traces from the Caymen Islands to Cuba, and it has gained more power for an uptick in heading North, and forecasters predict that Ian will land on the Florida panhandle on Tuesday. In anticipation of the rainfall and landfall impacts, Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach announced a mandatory campus closure and evacuation for Monday. In Tempa, Hillsborough County Public School, and Government offices will be closed for this week.

Coastal flooding and high water surge are expected to be 6-10 feet in the Tempa Bay area, according to AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski. “By Tuesday, Ian may be a dangerous major hurricane,” meteorologist Douty cautioned.

Florida Governor DeSantis instituted a state of emergency, and mandatory evacuation orders were issued. Hundreds of Thousands of Floridians are currently evacuating from their homes an into safety shelters. Ian’s current category as a category 2 hurricane will likely upgrade to a category 3 as soon as it lands in the panhandle. It will be a category 4 hurricane by Wednesday at 8 a.m. The hurricane is expected to bring heavy rainfall, flash flooding, thunderstorms, and tornadoes from Florida to Georgia, Carolinas, and Virginia.

Hurricane Ian climbs up to the North with 100 mph wind as of September 26. Ian will wreak havoc from Sep 24 to Oct 3 upon the Caribbean Islands, the Gulf of Mexico, and the US east coast. It has already left a devastating impact on the few million islanders in the Caribbean.

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