Florida Residents Brace for Powerful Hurricane Ian


This GOES-East GeCcolor satellite image taken at 9:56 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, and provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows Hurricane Ian passing over western Cuba. Hurricane Ian tore into western Cuba on Tuesday as a major hurricane, with nothing to stop it from intensifying into a catastrophic Category 4 storm before it hits Florida, where officials ordered 2.5 million people to evacuate before it crashes ashore Wednesday. (NOAA via AP )
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President Biden warned that Hurricane Ian could be very severe. He made his comments at the White House as the storm is expected to slam into the west coast of Florida.

“My administration is on alert and in action to help the people of Florida, and I directed my team to surge federal assistance there before the storm hit,” President Biden said.

The president says much of the help involves FEMA.

“FEMA has already deployed 700 personnel to Florida, and the governor has activated 5,000 State National Guard with another 2000 Guard coming from other states.”

FEMA administrator Deanne Criswell speaks of preparations that the agency and the state of Florida are doing in advance of Hurricane Ian, during a news conference at the National Hurricane Center, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, in Miami. Hurricane Ian was growing stronger as it approached the western tip of Cuba on a track to hit the west coast of Florida as a major hurricane as early as Wednesday. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Speaking to reporters at the White House, FEMA Chief Deanne Criswell said the storm surge will be powerful.

“Get ready and do not underestimate the potential that this storm can bring,” Criswell said.

She also warned about the possibility of tornadoes and said FEMA will be fully ready with emergency assistance once the storm passes.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, speaks as he stands with Kevin Guthrie, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, during a news conference, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, in Largo, Fla. DeSantis was keeping residents updated on the track of Hurricane Ian. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

“Ian is moving toward western Florida at approximately 12 miles per hour, and at this time we are expecting landfall somewhere between Fort Myers and Tampa,” said Criswell.

Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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