Hurricane Ian leaves Cayman Islands

HISTORY: The fast-growing storm is centered about 155 miles (250 km) southeast of Cabo San Antonio in far western Cuba, but has increased in intensity over the past few hours with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph (155 km per hour). , making it a Category 2 hurricane on a five-point scale.
"Devastating wind damage is possible where the core of Ian moves across western Cuba," the center said.
The storm is expected to strengthen into a Category 3 hurricane that will saturate Florida, where residents are hoarding supplies and sandbagging.
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Residents of Batabano on Cuba's southern coast were working with far fewer resources than Florida when the storm hit, threatening the fishing village with its precarious wood and concrete block houses just steps from the choppy sea.
"We are here to save lives, going from house to house, taking the elderly and children," said local officer Suleika Roche, 43, on board a bus that was taking residents to a hill.
The storm is expected to sweep north across the island as it enters the Gulf of Mexico, but forecasts put its path well west of the Cuban capital, Havana, where a direct hit could cause catastrophic damage to the city's aging infrastructure.

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