Hurricane Yan hits Cuba and heads to Florida

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 Hurricane Yang hits Cuba and heads to Florida

Hurricane Yan hit western Cuba early Tuesday morning, causing mass evacuations and fears of widespread destruction, and headed for the US state of Florida.

Forecaster from the Cuban Institute of Meteorology in a special broadcast on state television, said that the outer wall of the storm was on the coast of the province of Pinar del Rio.

According to local authorities, about 38,000 people were evacuated from their homes in the province affected by the hurricane .

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that Yan made landfall southwest of La Coloma at approximately 4:30 am local time.

According to the NHC, the hurricane was blowing with winds of 205 kilometers per hour, making it a Category 3 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

parts of Cuba, destructive wind expected”, — the agency added.

With the hurricane moving north, Florida's west coast from Fort Myers to Tampa Bay is at greatest risk of “life-threatening” accidents. storm surge, the NHC said.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency in all 67 counties as officials struggled to prepare for a predicted storm Wednesday or Thursday.

waves, as well as individual tornadoes along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida”, & mdash; DeSantis said at a news conference in Tallahassee on Monday.

He warned people to prepare for a power outage.

“Even if the eye of the storm does not hit your region, you will have very strong winds, they will bring down trees, this can cause power lines to break,” — DeSantis said in a flood warning.

The Governor urged residents to stock up on food, water, medicine and fuel and called on 7,000 members of the National Guard to help.

Authorities in several Florida municipalities, including Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa have begun handing out free sandbags to residents to protect their homes from the risk of flooding.

Tampa International Airport said it would suspend operations Tuesday at 5:00 pm local time.

US President Joe Biden approved emergency assistance to 24 Florida counties through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

NASA said it was rolling back its massive lunar rocket to a storage hangar at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida due to a hurricane.

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