Florida monitors a growing Tropical Storm Ian in Caribbean
Ron DeSantis speaks during the welcome segment of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, February 26, 2021.
Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for all of Florida the previous day, expanding an initial order that had covered two dozen counties.
Ian was expected to become a hurricane Sunday and a major hurricane as soon as late Monday.
The storm had top sustained winds of 50 mph on Sunday morning as it swirled about 345 miles southeast of Grand Cayman, in the Cayman Islands.
He said Floridians should begin preparations, including gathering supplies for potential power outages.
People also were buying up plywood to shore up their windows: “Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it,” Matt Beaver, of Pinellas Park, told the Times.
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