Hurricane Ian hits Cuba, much damage is expected in Florida

AFP

News from the NOSyesterday, 22:01

Cuba and the United States prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Ian. It will cross the western part of Cuba this evening and tonight. Schools are closed there. Residents of twenty municipalities were evacuated.

Ian inflates in the Gulf of Mexico tomorrow in a Category 4 hurricane before landing in Florida. He will be Tuesday or Wednesday and will be accompanied by heavy rains.

Category 4 is the second heaviest category with wind speeds between 210 and 250 kilometers per hour.

National Hurricane Center

After Cuba, Ian heads to Florida via the Gulf of Mexico

Ian is expected to cause major damage in Florida in Tampa and St. Petersburg. In Tampa, 25 inches of rain is expected, in other places in Western Florida it can fall as much as 38 inches.

Residents line up to stock up on sandbags, clean water and other groceries. Governor DeSantis and President Biden have declared a state of emergency so emergency aid can begin quickly.

Artemis

Ian delays the launch of the Artemis moon rocket in Florida. NASA is forced to return the rocket to its hangar in Cape Canaveral.

The unmanned test missile launch was scheduled for tomorrow, but has already been postponed to Saturday due to Ian’s arrival.

Two launch attempts scheduled for early this month have been canceled due to fuel leaks and other technical issues.

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