Hurricane Ian will hit Florida as a major storm, forecasters say

 Hurricane Ian keeps getting stronger on Monday, as it barreled toward Florida,

Threatening dangerous storm surges in places not used to getting hit directly by a hurricane

The hurricane center said that the eye of the storm is located around 150 miles southeast of the western tip of Cuba, and Ian is moving north-northwest near 13 mph.

 Forecasters predict by the time Ian makes landfall in the US this week

 Storm surges can be deadlier than winds, forecasters warn, ‚ÄúStorm surge could raise water levels by as much as 9 to 14 feet "

 East Cape Sable to Card Sound Bridge, Florida, including Florida Bay: 2 to 4 feet, 6 and 12 inches of rain is expected in western portions of Central Florida.

 Residents in Tampa and other areas lined up for sandbags as they prepared for the storm Sunday.

 Airports and ports are beginning to prep for the storm as well. The last flight scheduled out of St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport is scheduled to leave at 11:22 am Tuesday,

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