Florida Gov Ron DeSantis held a press briefing at the State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee, Florida, on Tuesday, September 27, to provide an update on Hurricane Ian, which is forecasted to impact Florida today.
DeSantis said the storm surges from Ian would “far eclipse” those that Hurricane Charley, a Category 4 hurricane that hit Florida in 2004, produced. “What we have here is really historic storm surge and flooding potential,” DeSantis said in the press briefing.
Multiple counties across Florida have been placed under evacuation orders. DeSantis encouraged residents of those regions to evacuate and provided further information about resources available to them.
DeSantis said 5,000 Florida guardsmen and urban search and rescue teams had been activated to help the impacted areas.
Kevin Guthrie, the director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, also provided an update during the briefing.
The NHC forecasted that parts of Florida would experience life-threatening storm surges and hurricane-force winds as the Category 3 hurricane approaches. DeSantis declared a state of emergency on September 24 in response to hurricane forecasts. Credit: Governor Ron DeSantis via Storyful