Hurricane Ian approaches Cuba as it focuses on Florida as a significant tempest, forecasters say

Typhoon Ian is projected to bring a hazardous tempest flood and winds areas of strength for as 140 mph when it approaches Florida's Bay Coast in this week

Ian had most extreme supported breezes of 110 mph starting around 2 a.m.

ET Tuesday — quickly heightening into a significant tempest as it hit the western shore of Cuba, forecasters said.

Authorities in Cuba's Pinar del Rio area set up many sanctuaries and did whatever it may take to safeguard crops in Cuba's principal tobacco-developing locale.

The U.S. Public Typhoon Place said the island's west coast could see as much as 14 feet (4.3 meters) of tempest flood.

As it hits Cuba, Ian's tempest flood "could raise water levels by however much 9 to 14 feet above ordinary tide levels

The flood is anticipated to be somewhat less extreme in Florida,

 yet portions of Tampa Cove may as yet see waters 5 to 10 feet higher than ordinary

Ian is as of now around 50 miles west of the city of Pinar del Rio, moving northwest at 13 mph, the NHC said in its 2 a.m. warning

During the following 48 hours, the tempest is supposed to change direction northward and upper east — and the planning of those moves will probably figure out where it makes landfall on the U.S. central area.

Ian is the fourth Atlantic hurricane of 2022, a season that only saw its first hurricane earlier this month