Hurricane Ian is a Category-two storm that is hitting Florida

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Hurricane Ian, a category-one hurricane that was downgraded to a category-two storm Monday, is bearing down on Florida with tremendous destructive force, said a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Ian reached category-two status Friday, when it was forecast to hit Florida, where it already had hit Puerto Rico. The hurricane center estimated that it could create a 60-foot storm surge on Florida’s east coast and storm surges reaching 20 feet on the beaches.

Here’s how things looked:

Puerto Rico

Hurricane Irma destroyed 80 percent of Puerto Ricans’ homes.

The city of San Juan, Puerto Rico is without power and its streets are deserted, said the Associated Press. Schools, government buildings and shops are closed and people are hunkered down with their belongings.

The government has set up mobile generators to supply power when power is restored.

The island is “in a death spiral,” said the Reuters news agency. Authorities ordered all hotels to evacuate and warned residents to stay indoors.

In Florida, the U.S. Coast Guard said the storm was hitting the Miami metropolitan area hard, and the National Hurricane Center noted that it was weakening.

On board the U.S. Coast Guard cutter W.S.T.S. “Dixie,” a team leader said, “The winds are howling, the seas are pounding and we’re going to see significant rain.”

The hurricane center forecasted that the center of Ian would pass southwest of Tampa, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) west of Key West and about 100 miles (160 kilometers) west of Jacksonville, by this weekend. However, the real-time updates on the center’s website showed it was still heading toward St. Petersburg and Tampa, Florida.

The forecast said Ian was weakening.

The storm is being tracked by the U.S. Weather Bureau as Tropical Storm Michael.

Michael is classified by the official National Hurricane Center as a Category-

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