(WJW) — Dozens of Ohio Task Force 1 members are headed down south in preparation for the potential impact of Hurricane Ian.
NWS says Ian is expected to hit the southeastern Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, pass west of the Florida Keys late Tuesday and approach the west coast of Florida on Wednesday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph but the NWS says rapid strengthening is expected during the next day or so. Rainfall amounts in the Florida peninsula could be anywhere from 3 to 8 inches. Tornadoes are possible late Monday and into Tuesday.
On Saturday afternoon, 47 members of Ohio Task Force 1 set out in a convoy of 14 semis, trucks, buses, boats and trailers headed south toward Alabama, for now.
“The situation remains fluid and the team remains flexible,” the post says.
Task Force Leader Jack Reall says, “Everyone is healthy, in good spirits, and ready to do good work for the impacted area.”