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Florida residents flee as menacing Hurricane nears

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY: OFFICE OF GOVERNOR RON DESANTISTallahassee, Florida – 27 September 20221. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and officials walking towards podium2. SOUNDBITE (English). Governor Ron DeSantis, (R) Florida:"As of 5 p.m., Hurricane Ian is located roughly 250 miles south of Sarasota. It's moving north at ten miles per hour. It is a strong category three hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour."++WHITE FLASH++3. SOUNDBITE (English) Governor Ron DeSantis, (R) Florida:"Landfall will be tomorrow night, Wednesday night, but it's going to meander through the state all the rest of Wednesday night, all of Thursday. And it's going to exit most likely sometime on Friday morning."++WHITE FLASH++4. SOUNDBITE (English) Governor Ron DeSantis, (R) Florida:"When you look at storm surge of this nature, that is a very life threatening hazard. When you're talking about ten feet, 12 feet of storm surge, which you could see in certain parts of this when it makes landfall." ++WHITE FLASH++6. SOUNDBITE (English) Governor Ron DeSantis, (R) Florida:"This thing is going to exit the state of Florida and most likely end up getting stronger riding into the Atlantic and then probably hitting Georgia or South Carolina someplace like that."++WHITE FLASH++7. SOUNDBITE (English) Kevin Guthrie, Director, Florida Division of Emergency Management:"There will come a point in time when local public safety officials will not be able to respond to your help, your cry for help. They will not be able to do it. And you may be left to fend for yourself. Again, the time to evacuate is now."9. DeSantis leaving STORYLINE:Florida residents rushed to board up their homes, stash precious belongings on upper floors and flee from incoming Hurricane Ian, fearing the monstrous storm would slam into their state's west coast with catastrophic fury later Wednesday.The U.S. National Hurricane Center predicted Ian would become a catastrophic Category 4 hurricane with winds up to 130 mph (209 kph) before roaring ashore on the southwest coast of Florida on Wednesday afternoon. Hurricane-force winds were expected in Florida well in advance of the storm's eyewall moving inland."It is a big storm, it is going to kick up a lot of water as it comes in," Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told a news conference in Sarasota, a coastal city of 57,000 in the storm's projected path. He warned: "This is the kind of storm surge that is life threatening."Ian's forward movement slowed over the Gulf, enabling the hurricane to grow wider and stronger before it's expected to bring punishing winds, storm surge and heavy rains to a wide swath of Florida.A hurricane warning covering roughly 220 miles (350 kilometers) of the state's included Fort Myers as well as Tampa and St. Petersburg, which could get their first direct hit by a major hurricane since 1921. Forecasters said the storm surge could reach 12 feet (3.6 meters) if it peaks at high tide. Rainfall near the area of landfall could top 18 inches (46 centimeters). ===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.

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