Dark clouds were spotted near the Florida Keys on September 26, ahead of the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Ian, which was tracking near western Cuba on Monday night.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) upgraded Ian to a category 2 hurricane after it recorded wind speeds of over 100 mph.
The NHC warned of life-threatening conditions developing along Florida’s west coast, with areas from Fort Meyers to Tampa Bay most at risk. It said tropical storm conditions could be expected in central-west Florida by Tuesday evening, with heavy rainfall forecast for the Florida Keys and southern Florida.
Meanwhile, in Cuba, the NHC said parts of western Cuba could expect life-threatening storm surges, hurricane-force winds and flash floods.
“Efforts to protect life and property should be rushed to completion,” the center said. Credit: Daniel Eidsmoe via Storyful