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Last hour of Hurricane Ian live: trajectory, news, arrival in Florida and blackout in Cuba


Hurricane Ian continues on its way to Florida, after leaving Cuba in the dark. Follow here the minute by minute of the news and forecasts about Ian.

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Damage from Hurricane Ian in Consolación del Sur, Cuba.

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9 mins ago

They forecast "catastrophic storm surges" of up to 4.8 meters in Florida due to Hurricane Ian

This is what St. Pete Beach, Florida, looked like before Hurricane Ian on September 27, 2022. (Credit: BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP via Getty Images)

Now that Hurricane Ian has strengthened to 150 mph winds and is dangerously close to Category 5 on Wednesday morning, the National Hurricane Center has updated its storm surge forecasts for the areas of Florida that will lie on the right side of the storm. eye of the cyclone when it makes landfall.

"We are now forecasting a catastrophic storm surge of 12 to 15 feet from Englewood to Bonita Beach, Florida," the hurricane center's special advisory warned.

This includes Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, as well as Cape Coral and Fort Myers.

40 mins ago

Ian is dangerously close to category 5

By Dave Hennen

Data from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft shows that Ian now has sustained winds of 155 mph (249 kilometers per hour).

That's just two miles per hour shy of Category 5 intensity. It may get stronger over the next few hours before Ian makes landfall this afternoon.

55 mins ago

"Conditions are rapidly deteriorating across Southwest Florida" as Hurricane Ian approaches

By Brandon Miller

With the center of Hurricane Ian just over 55 miles off Florida's southwest coast, "conditions are deteriorating," the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday morning.

A weather station near Sanibel Island recently measured a 40 mph wind and a 55 mph wind gust, indicating that tropical force winds with higher gusts are already occurring.

An ocean buoy near the Eye of Ian in the Gulf of Mexico recently measured a gust of 151 kilometers per hour, giving an indication of what to expect over land in the coming hours.

Ian's eyewall, the most dangerous part of the storm with the strongest wind, heaviest rain and worst surf, is only about 40 miles offshore and will start to bring some of the worst conditions in the next few weeks. hours.

2 hours ago

Ian strengthens to a major Category 4 hurricane

By Robert Shackelford

Hurricane Ian has strengthened to a major Category 4 hurricane, according to the 5 a.m. update from the US National Hurricane Center.

Ian now has sustained winds of 140 miles per hour with gusts to 165 miles per hour.

3 hours ago

Efforts to restore power in Cuba are underway

By Aya Elamroussi, Patrick Oppmann and Heather Che

Crews in Cuba are working to restore power to millions Wednesday after Hurricane Ian slammed into the western region with high winds and dangerous storm surge, causing an island-wide blackout.

The entirety of Cuba was left without power after Ian made landfall as a Category 3 hurricane just southwest of La Coloma in Pinar del Río province early Tuesday morning.

The powerful hurricane was expected to dump up to 16 inches of rain and trigger landslides and flash flooding in the western region, prompting evacuation orders for thousands of residents.

After the storm advanced, floods covered fields and trees were uprooted in San Juan y Martínez, a town in Pinar del Río, images from state media Cubadebate show.

Thousands of Cubans evacuated

The life-threatening conditions that Hurricane Ian inflicted on Cuba prompted authorities to evacuate more than 38,000 residents from their homes in Pinar del Río province, according to state news channel TelePinar.

Adriana Rivera, who lives in Spain, told CNN that she had not been able to contact her family who live in Pinar del Río since Tuesday morning.

"They didn't expect the hurricane to be this strong," Rivera said.

"I hope they're okay. The uncertainty is killing me."

The last time Rivera spoke to her family, including her mother, sister, cousin and nephews, they told her they would seek shelter on the second floor of their home because the first floor was flooding.

One of his nephews also recorded videos of the flooded house.

Mayelin Suárez, a resident of Pinar del Río, told Reuters the storm made it the darkest night of her life.

"We almost lost the roof of our house," Suarez said.

"My daughter, my husband and I tied him up with a rope so he wouldn't fly away."

Pinar del Río, known for growing Cuba's rich tobacco, also suffered from the fall of fences and the destruction of the Robaina tobacco farm, according to photos published by state media.

6 hours ago

Storm surge warnings issued for lower Florida Keys

By Robert Shackelford

Major flooding is occurring in Key West as Hurricane Ian brings a major storm surge to the area.

Observed water levels reached about 30 inches above average, according to the 1 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center.

Ian is now about 170 kilometers southwest of Naples, Florida, and is moving north at 16 kilometers per hour.

6 hours ago

Hurricane Ian leaves Cuba in the dark at the national level

By Patrick Oppmann and Heather Che

A darkened street in Havana on September 27.

Cuba is in the midst of a nationwide blackout after Hurricane Ian hit the Caribbean island on Tuesday.

Officials said they expected to start restoring power Tuesday night local time or early Wednesday.

The first strong winds before Hurricane Ian hit Cuba's southern coast Monday night, prompting authorities to evacuate residents, secure boats and secure homes.

The state power company Unión Eléctrica de Cuba had previously said it would cut power in the capital, Havana, to avoid electrocutions, deaths and property damage until the weather improved.

However, the blackouts across the country were caused by the hurricane and were not planned.

Cuba has been in an economic crisis that has led to shortages of food, fuel and medicine.

There have been blackouts across the island

25 mins ago

Internet traffic in Cuba falls below 50% of normal levels, according to NetBlocks

By Hannah Richie

With Cuba in the midst of a nationwide blackout in the wake of Hurricane Ian, the country's internet traffic has fallen below 50% of normal levels, according to a tweet from the verified account of internet monitoring agency NetBlocks early this morning. on Wednesday.

6 hours ago

City of Punta Gorda will suspend all emergency services once sustained winds exceed 72 km/h


The city of Punta Gorda in Florida will suspend all emergency services once sustained winds reach in excess of 45 miles per hour (72 km/h), according to a statement issued Tuesday night.

"Emergency and non-emergency phone lines will remain open for calls, but police and fire response will not be possible until the storm has passed," the statement said.

The statement said that once it is safe, emergency calls will be answered in order of priority.

"There may be serious response delays even after the storm has passed, depending on damage, road blockages and flooding," the city added.

Punta Gorda is located in southwestern Florida, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Tampa.

7 hours ago

DeSantis asks for caution and that Floridians follow the recommendations for Hurricane Ian


DeSantis warns of dangerous rain in Florida by Ian 5:50

"People are taking their precautions but, with a storm of this magnitude, we are talking about life-threatening, it is going to produce large amounts of rain," Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said at a press conference on Tuesday.

Much of Florida's west coast is under a hurricane or tropical storm warning for Ian as it heads toward the United States, where it is expected to make landfall on Wednesday.

7 hours ago

The reasons why Hurricane Ian generates so much concern in the United States

By Nacho Giron

The reasons why Hurricane Ian causes so much concern 0:57

There is enormous concern about the consequences generated by the advance of Hurricane Ian, and it has to do with its impressive magnitude.

These are the reasons why the alarms are going off in the United States.

7 hours ago

Destruction, intense rains and areas without electricity is what Hurricane Ian left in Cuba

By Patrick Opmann

Havana still without electricity after the passage of Hurricane Ian 2:21

Cuba has seen how Hurricane Ian has crossed the island, leaving devastation in its wake in Consolación del Sur and Pinar del Río.

In Havana Ian has left heavy rains, but fortunately without having to regret major damage, as our colleague Patrick Oppmann tells from there.

7 hours ago

Look where Ian is right now



Source: cnnespanol

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