Florida Braces For Ian, DeSantis Declares State Of Emergency

Tropical Storm Ian is expected to hit Florida as a major hurricane

  • 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.