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DeSantis urges people living along the I-4 corridor to prepare ahead of Ian

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference at the Pinellas County Emergency Operations Center, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, in Largo, Fla. DeSantis was updating residents of the path of Hurricane Ian. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Gov. Ron DeSantis and state emergency personnel say Hurricane Ian could land in South Florida and then rip across the state before exiting into the Atlantic. 

With Ian possibly moving across the interior of Florida, Central Floridians should be actively preparing for the hurricane and heeding the advice of emergency officials. 

Gov. Ron DeSantis says that includes people living along I-4 who should prepare for high winds, flooding and possible tornadoes from the storm. 

“So if you’re in some of those interior parts of the state of Florida from kind of up I-4 almost and some of those things. Just anticipate, now it’s not like it’d be a category three hurricane by the time it gets to you. But anticipate interruptions, anticipate wind, anticipate a lot of rain.”

DeSantis says there’s water throughout Florida that could easily spill over during heavy periods of rain.

“And of course we have rivers and waterways all throughout the state of Florida including the interior that are in danger of overflowing under those circumstances. And so just continue to watch the weather wherever you are in the state of Florida. Heed the advice of your local officials.”

More than 2.5 million Floridians are currently under evacuation orders in the state.

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