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Florida residents prep as Hurricane Ian approaches

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:++MUSIC CLEARED FOR USE++STRINGRTitusville, Florida -- 26 September 20221. Various of shelves at WalmartANNOTATION: Hurricane Ian was growing stronger as it approached Cuba on a track to hit the west coast of Florida as a major hurricane as early as Wednesday. And Florida residents were getting ready, cleaning store shelves of food and supplies. STRINGROrlando, Florida -- 26 September 20222. People with shopping carts CostcoANNOTATION: In Melbourne Beach, residents were filling sandbags.STRINGRMelbourne Beach, Florida -- 26 September 20223. Various of people sandbaggingANNOTATION: Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a statewide emergency and warned that Ian could lash large areas, knocking out power and interrupting fuel supplies.STORYLINE:Hurricane Ian was growing stronger as it approached the western tip of Cuba on Monday, on a track to hit the west coast of Florida as a major hurricane as early as Wednesday.And Florida residents were getting ready, lining up for hours in Tampa to collect bags of sand and clearing store shelves of bottled water. At an Ace hardware store in Titusville, on the state's Atlantic coast, generators, gas cans, chain saws and weather radios were in demand, owner Bill Pastermack said.Ian was forecast to hit Cuba as a major hurricane and then become an even stronger Category 4 with top winds of 140 miles (225 kilometers) over warm Gulf of Mexico waters before striking Florida along a stretch of coast including the Tampa Bay area. "Please treat this storm seriously. It's the real deal. This is not a drill," Hillsborough County Emergency Management Director Timothy Dudley said at a Monday news conference on storm preparations in Tampa. Authorities in Cuba suspended classes in Pinar del Rio province and planned evacuations Monday as Ian approached the island's westernmost provinces. Cuba also was shutting down its train system ahead of the worst weather.At 11 a.m. EDT on Monday, Ian was moving northwest at 13 mph (20 kph), about 240 miles (385 kilometers) southeast of the western tip of Cuba, with top sustained winds increasing to 80 mph (130 kph). A surge of up to 10 feet (3 meters) of ocean water and 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain was predicted across the Tampa Bay area, with as much as 15 inches (38 centimeters) inches in isolated areas. That's enough water to inundate low-lying coastal communities. As many as 300,000 people may be evacuated from low-lying areas in Hillsborough County alone, county administrator Bonnie Wise said at a news conference Monday on preparations. Some of those evacuations were beginning Monday afternoon in the most vulnerable areas, with schools and other locations opening as shelters. "We must do everything we can to protect our residents. Time is of the essence," Wise said. A hurricane watch was issued for Florida's central western coast including the Tampa Bay area, where Hillsborough County suspended classes through Thursday to prepare schools to serve as shelters for evacuees. Additional watches for more northern areas along the peninsula's west coast may be issued, Brown said.Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a statewide emergency, and warned that Ian could lash large areas of the state, knocking out power and interrupting fuel supplies as it swirls northward off the state's Gulf coast.===========================================================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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