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A state of emergency is declared/ Hurricane Ian is expected to hit Florida, Biden cancels the trip

A state of emergency is declared/ Hurricane Ian is expected to hit Florida,

Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency in Florida as Tropical Storm Ian strengthened over the Caribbean and is expected to hit the entire state. DeSantis urged residents to prepare for a storm that could hit large parts of Florida.

"This storm has the potential to strengthen into a major hurricane and we encourage all citizens to make their own preparations," DeSantis said in a statement.

President Joe Biden also declared a state of emergency for the state, authorizing the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, to coordinate disaster relief efforts and provide assistance to protect lives and property. The president postponed a planned Sept. 27 trip to Florida because of the storm.

The National Hurricane Center said Ian was expected to strengthen before moving over western Cuba and toward the west coast of Florida and the Florida Panhandle by the middle of next week.

John Cangialosi, a senior hurricane specialist at the Miami-based center, said it was still unclear exactly where Ian would hit Florida the hardest. He said state residents should begin preparing for the storm, including stockpiling supplies for possible power outages.

Source: AP

 

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