Florida Braces For Ian, DeSantis Declares State Of Emergency

Tropical Storm Ian is expected to hit Florida as a major hurricane
MIAMI, FLORIDA - JUNE 01: Robbie Berg (L), Senior Hurricane Specialist, and Jamie Rhome, Deputy Director of NOAA's National Hurricane Center, interact on the floor of the National Hurricane Center on June 01, 2022 in Miami, Florida. As the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season begins, remnants of the former Pacific hurricane Agatha are expected to reform in the Gulf of Mexico, possibly as a tropical storm, in the next five days, according to the National Hurricane Center. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Tropical Storm Ian formed over central Caribbean Sea late Friday night.
  • Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday declared a pre-landfall state of emergency for 24 counties as threat of a damaging hurricane strike next week heightens.
  • Early projections by AccuWeather is storm could become most serious hurricane threat to the continental U.S. so far this year.
  • Ian is the ninth named storm of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season.
  • As of Saturday at 5 a.m. Eastern Time, Ian was tracking westward with sustained wind gusts were up to 45 mph.

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