Headline RoundupSeptember 26th, 2022

Hurricane Ian Heads Toward Florida Gulf Coast

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Florida's Gulf Coast is on storm surge and hurricane watches as Hurricane Ian approaches landfall there. The latest forecast shows Hurricane Ian as a powerful Category 3 storm that is building as a Category 1 storm, and it is expected to hit Florida on Wednesday.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, as Republican facing reelection in November, has declared a state of emergency for all counties in Florida, and he has urged residents to prepare for power outages and storm damage. He has also put the National Guard on standby ahead of potential landfall. Meanwhille, President Biden has also declared a state of emergency so federal aid can support state and local efforts to respond to Hurricane Ian, and he has postponed a trip to Florida on Tuesday because of the storm. Exactly where the hurricane will come ashore is uncertain, but it is predicted to hit south of Tampa Bay after a potential first landfall in western Cuba. Residents of Tampa have been lining up to collect bags of sand and clearing store shelves of bottled water.

Sources from across the political spectrum have been covering Hurricane Ian, and are likely to contine to do so this week.

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