Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora
U.S – tropical storm ian, the ninth storm of the Atlantic hurricane season 2022, heads to the United States after passing through Cuba with a force of category 3 (about 5) on the Saffir-Simpson scale.
The hurricane made landfall in the early hours of this Tuesday in La Coloma, a western province of Pinar del Río in Cuba. This morning its winds have reached a speed of 180 kilometers per hour, according to the Institute of Meteorology of Cuba. Experts do not rule out that the hurricane could intensify during its route to Florida.
Video images and photographs published on social networks and local and international media show the damage and intensity of the storm from its displacement from the Cayman Islands to its entry into Cuba. in its wake, Ian left rough tides, waves that crossed from the beaches to the roads and strong winds that filled the streets with debris.
The US government declared on Monday, that the Florida region has become a state of public health emergency. They affirmed that state officials are working to empty the streets and to provide support to the most vulnerable families due to the effects of the hurricane..
Citizens have placed sandbags around their homes and emptied the shelves of supermarkets in the region in search of basic supplies..
A storm surge watch has been issued for the entire Georgia coast., and the state anticipates some flooding and flash flooding, authorities said Tuesday.
Heavy rain of four to six inches of rain is expected with a few isolated eight inches across the state's coastal counties..
The Mayor of Orlando, Buddy Dyer, said Tuesday that the path of Hurricane Ian has changed “quite significantly to the east” and that its path will be heading directly over the city of Orlando in the next few days.
Orlando's emergency operations center is now fully activated and the city continues to monitor Ian's trajectory., Dyer said.
All non-essential city offices, including the town hall, will be closed from noon this Wednesday and will remain closed Thursday and Friday, the mayor said.