The Governor of Virginia, United States (USA), Glenn Youngkin, declared a state of emergency for Hurricane Ian on Wednesday, since it is estimated that it could affect areas of the territory as of September 30.
Hurricane Ian makes landfall in southwest Florida, USA.
“Hurricane Ian is a large and powerful storm, and current predictions indicate that it may impact parts of Virginia later this week into early next week,” he said.
Youngkin explained that the goal is to ensure that people have the necessary resources to respond and recover from the possible consequences that Ian causes in that state.
“While we recognize that the storm’s track remains uncertain, I encourage all Virginians and visitors to make a plan, have supplies on hand, and follow official sources for the latest information and guidance.” .
The governor urged Virginians to prepare for heavy rains, flooding, wind damage, tornadoes and other possible impacts from Ian’s passage.
In addition, he guaranteed that the entity’s emergency support team is monitoring the situation, while “the Virginia Emergency Operations Center will coordinate preparation, response and recovery efforts with local, state and federal officials.”
After passing through western Cuba, Hurricane Ian made landfall in the southwest of the state of Florida with category 4 and maximum sustained winds of 240 kilometers per hour (km/h).
In its latest report, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) detailed that Ian had sustained winds of 103 km/h and a wind gust of 167 km/h.
“Ian continues to batter the Florida panhandle with catastrophic storm surge, winds and flooding,” the NHC reported.