The Category 4 hurricane, forecast to make landfall on the west
coast of Florida hours later, will “cause catastrophic storm surge,
winds, and flooding in the Florida Peninsula soon,” according to
the latest public advisory issued by the NHC before noon.
Catastrophic storm surge inundation of 12 to 18 feet
(approximately 3.66 to 5.49 meters) above the ground level is
expected somewhere between Englewood to Bonita Beach, including
Charlotte Harbor, the advisory said. Catastrophic wind damage is
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said Wednesday morning that
Hurricane Ian is expected to be a “historic” storm with “a profound
impact” on the state.
U.S. President Joe Biden said from the White House later that
the federal government is “on alert and in action” as the storm is
closing in on Florida.
“This storm is incredibly dangerous, to state the obvious. It’s
life-threatening,” Biden warned.
“You should obey all warnings and directions from emergency
officials,” he continued. “Don’t take anything for granted. Use
their judgment, not yours. Evacuate when ordered. Be prepared.”
Tampa International Airport tweeted on Wednesday morning that it
remained closed to the public due to Ian and that there would be no
departing flights through Thursday.
More than 2,000 flights into, within, or out of the United
States were canceled on Wednesday, according to the flight tracking