FOX Forecast Center expects the storm to rapidly intensify into a major hurricane by Monday night as it approaches western Cuba.
A Hurricane Watch has been issued along Florida's Gulf Coast ahead of the expected wind, rain and storm surge from Hurricane Ian later this week.Rapid intensification occurs when a tropical cyclone's (tropical depression, tropical storm or hurricane) maximum sustained winds increase by at least 35 mph in a 24-hour period, according to the National Hurricane Center.Florida Gov.
Ron DeSantis urged Floridians to take precautions and declared a state of emergency for all 67 counties ahead of the impacts of Hurricane Ian, which could reach Category 4 intensity by Tuesday afternoon in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico.Dr.
Heather Holbach at FSU'S Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies speaks with LiveNOW from FOX's Josh Breslow about the uncertainty surrounding the projected path for Ian, expected to make landfall along the western coast of Florida.A major hurricane is one that is rated Category 3, 4 or 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale."Make preparations now," DeSantis said at a news conference on Sunday. "I know a lot of people have been doing it throughout the state of Florida."‘IT’S WORRISOME': HURRICANE IAN HAS FLORIDA RESIDENTS RUSHING TO COMPLETE LAST-MINUTE PREPARATIONSThe projected path and intensity of Hurricane Ian.(FOX Weather) Here's everything the FOX Forecast Center knows about this significant hurricane threat to Florida and the southeastern U.S.