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AccuWeather: Tropical Storm Ian expected to hit Florida as a major hurricane

accuweatherFlorida’s governor on Friday declared a pre-landfall state of emergency for 24 counties as the threat of a damaging hurricane strike next week escalated.

Tropical Storm Ian formed over the central Caribbean Sea late Friday night, the latest development stage for a tropical system that had been gradually increasing in strength.

According to AccuWeather, Ian is the most serious hurricane threat to the continental U.S. so far this year, particularly for Florida.

Ian is the ninth named storm of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season.

The AccuWeather tropical forecast team is warning of the possibility that Ian could undergo rapid intensification in the days ahead as it churns northward and the wind shear continues to subside.

“This storm has the potential to strengthen into a major hurricane,” DeSantis said in his declaration “and we encourage all Floridians to make their preparations.”

Visit for a list of cities at risk.

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.