Ian strengthens into a hurricane as it approaches Cuba, Florida. Ian was forecast to intensify rapidly and become a major hurricane as soon as late Monday. As Ian approaches Florida, Accuweather said the storm could reach Category 4 status, which means sustained winds between 130 mph and 156 mph. Source 9d.
Tropical Storm Ian still pounding Florida in '500-year flooding event'; 2.6 million without power: Updates. "The impacts of this storm are historic and the damage that has been done is historic," Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday. "We've never seen a flood event like this, we've never seen a storm surge of this magnitude." Source 8c.