Hurricane Ian is now a Category 3 storm and it's aiming for Florida

The National Hurricane Center predicts that Hurricane Ian will bring a dangerous storm surge .  

Ian became a major Category-3 storm at 5 a.m. ET Tuesday: The storm recorded sustained winds maximum of 125 mph when it struck western Cuba,  

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forecasters claimed. Officials in Cuba’s Pinar del Rio provincial set up dozens shelters and took steps in order to protect crops in Cuba’s main region for tobacco-growing.

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According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (USNHC), storm surge could cause damage up to 14 feet (4.3m) on the island's western coast

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Ian was located approximately 5 miles to the west of Pinar del Rio, Cuba. He was moving northwest at 12mph, as indicated by the NHC in its 5 AM advisory.

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The Associated Press was told by Daniel Brown (senior hurricane center specialist), 

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Cuba is facing extreme hurricane-force winds as well life-threatening storm surges, heavy rain, and even hurricane-force winds.

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In the next 48 hour, the storm is likely to move toward the northeast and north -- and the timing will likely determine the location it makes landfall on U.S. soil.

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