Hurricane Ian has made landfall in western Cuba as a Category 3 storm, says the country’s Institute of Meteorology.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said the hurricane is packing maximum sustained winds of 185km/h (115 mph).
After passing over Cuba, Ian was forecast to strengthen further over warm Gulf of Mexico waters before reaching the US state of Florida as early as Wednesday as a Category 4 storm with top winds of 225km/h (140 mph).
In Florida, the city of Tampa was under a hurricane watch, and Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency in all 67 counties.
Al Jazeera’s Bernard Smith reports.
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