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Cyclone Ian has strengthened to an "extremely dangerous" category 4, with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph.

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And deadly storm surges, catastrophic winds and flooding are expected on the Florida peninsula, the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday.

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Tornadoes are also a risk and several warnings and watches have been issued around the state as rain bands move across Florida through Wednesday morning.

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Ian slammed into Cuba on Tuesday, a Category 3 monster with winds of 125 miles per hour hitting the island.


State Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie said high winds and thunderstorms are possible to the north in the Tampa Bay area.

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On the forecast track, Ian's center is expected to approach Florida's west coast within the hurricane warning area Wednesday morning and make landfall later.

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Statewide power outages can be expected, Florida Power and Light has warned. According to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis