Ian Forecast To Be At Major Hurricane Strength Soon

Florida is bracing for what could be one of the most powerful hurricanes it has seen in years.

Tampa could get a direct hit from Hurricane Ian -- something the area hasn't seen for 100 years.

Mandatory evacuations in the area are underway and Governor Ron DeSantis has declared a "state of emergency" for the entire state.

The National Hurricane Center says Ian will pass west of the Florida Keys late tomorrow before likely heading up the state's west coast on Wednesday into Thursday.

Forecasters say Ian is only gaining steam and they warn a storm surge in Tampa Bay is particularly dangerous because the water has nowhere to go.

The NHC says Ian could be a major category 4 hurricane with max winds of 140 mph as it approaches Florida.

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