Authorities and residents in Florida followed closely on Tropical Storm Yan sweeps through the Caribbean on Sunday is expected to continue to gain strength and become a major hurricane. in coming days on predictive track towards the state.
Governor Ron DeSantis announced the state of emergency for all of Florida the day before, expanding the original order, which covered two dozen counties. He urged the citizens to be ready for a storm that can whip big swaths of state with heavy rains, strong winds and rising seas.
“We urge all Floridians to get ready,” DeSantis said. in statement.
President Biden also declared a state of emergency, which authorized the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate disaster relief and provide assistance to protect lives and property. The president postponed scheduled trip to Florida on September 27 due to the storm.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that Yan moving through the central Caribbean and is expected to pass southwest of Jamaica by Sunday evening. By early Sunday, he was 320 miles south-southeast. of Grand Cayman, moving west-northwest at 12 miles per hour. He had maximum steady winds of 50 mph.
“Yan is expected to become a hurricane later tonight or tonight and reach major hurricane strength by Monday or Monday evening before reaching western Cuba,” the NHC said in a statement.
Ian was predicted pass west of The Cayman Islands early Monday morning and then near western Cuba on Monday evening, the NHC said. It could reach Florida by Tuesday, which makes it possible of flash floods in Florida peninsula and Florida Keys, agency added.
“Additional floods and rises on area streams and rivers through northern Florida and parts of South East can’t be driven out especially in central Florida,” the NHC wrote. in its Sunday morning advisory.
John Cangialosi, senior hurricane specialist with National Hurricane Center in Miami, said it currently it is not clear where exactly Yang is hit most difficult in Florida. He said that the inhabitants should begin preparation for storm including gathering supplies for potential power shutdowns.
“Too much soon say if it’s southeast florida problem or central Florida problem or just across the state,” he said. — So at the moment the really correct message for living in Florida is that you have to watch the forecasts and prepare and prepare for potential impact of this tropical system.”
In Pinellas Park, near Tampa, people waited in line at Home Depot when it opened at 6 a.m., according to the Tampa Bay Times. Manager Wendy Macrini said that store 600 boxes were sold of water by noon and ran out of generators.
People also bought up plywood put over them windows: “Better to have and not need this than need this and not have it”, Matt Beaver, of Pinellas Park, told the Times.
On Friday, DeSantis signed an executive order on state of emergency for 24 Florida counties that may be in storm path. Saturday State of The state of emergency was extended to the entire state. Order also houses the Florida National Guard on stand next to.
Storm posing risk of “dangerous storm surge, heavy rains, flash floods, high winds, dangerous seas and occasional tornadoes for Peninsula of Florida and parts of it of Florida Big Bend, North Florida, and Northeast Florida,” DeSantis said. in his order on Saturday.
He urged all Florida residents to “prepare.”
Meanwhile, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands could receive 3 to 6 inches. of rain, NHC forecast. Cuba could see 4 to 8 inches, while south Florida and Florida could see 2 to 4 inches.
Highlands in Jamaica and Cuba are in risk of According to the NHC, flash floods and landslides. Storm waves in Cuba of 9 to 14 feet above normal when Jan comes in on Monday evening and early Tuesday morning.