Hurricane Ian is gaining strength and heading for Cuba and the US state of Florida. The hurricane was a Category 2 out of 5, according to the US Hurricane Center.
The governor of the southeastern US state, Ron DeSantis, had already declared a state of emergency at the weekend as a precaution and called on the population to take precautions. Floods are expected, he said on Monday. Several thousand National Guard soldiers were mobilized. He hopes his state won't be hit too hard. However, people should expect power outages - these could last for several days. "Safety is paramount," warned DeSantis.