The Cuban and Florida governments have issued a hurricane warning as Tropical Storm Ian nears.
Cuba, Florida prepare as Storm Ian strengthens into hurricane
Authorities in Cuba have suspended classes in Pinar del Rio province and say they will begin evacuations on Monday as Tropical Storm Ian was forecast to strengthen into a hurricane before reaching the western part of the island on its way to Florida.
A hurricane warning was in effect for Grand Cayman and the Cuban provinces of Isla de Juventud, Pinar del Rio and Artemisa.
The US National Hurricane Center said Ian should reach the far-western part of Cuba late on Monday or early Tuesday, hitting near the country’s most famed tobacco fields. It could become a major hurricane on Tuesday.
Cuba state media outlet Granma said authorities would begin evacuating people from vulnerable areas early Monday in the far-western province of Pinar del Rio. Classes there have been suspended.