Updated Story at 3:05PM
Hurricane Ian has officially reached Florida.
The storm made landfall along Florida’s west coast early this afternoon (Wednesday PT) with maximum sustained winds near 241 kilometres an hour.
Ian is bringing heavy rain after it strengthened to just shy of a Category 5 hurricane fueled by warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico.
Florida’s Governor says the next two days will be nasty and over two-and-a-half-million people are under an evacuation order.
Yesterday (Tuesday), Ian hit Cuba knocking power out to the Island nation and damaging the country’s delicate tobacco fields.
Original Post 8:18 AM
Hurricane Ian continues its relentless course toward Florida.
Ian has intensified over the Gulf of Mexico into an almost Category five hurricane with winds of 250 kilometres an hour.
Already, Florida is beginning to feel the effects with hurricane winds being reported at 3:00 pacific time this morning (Wednesday).
Over two and a half million people are under an evacuation order as the storm tracks its way to slam into the southwestern Gulf Coast.
Florida’s Governor says the next two days will be nasty.
Yesterday, Ian hit Cuba knocking power out to the Island nation and damaging the country’s delicate tobacco fields.
– with files from Vista Radio newswire