Due to Tropical Storm Ian lurking over the Caribbean Sea, President Joe Biden has rescheduled his trip to Florida, Fox News informed.
On September 27, he was supposed to go to Orlando to serve as the keynote speaker at a rally for the Democratic National Convention (DNC), but the massive hurricane is predicted to intensify to a Category 3 or 4 before making landfall on the U.S. mainland.
On Saturday, Biden issued a state of emergency for Florida and gave the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) permission to help people affected by the hurricane with their recovery efforts.
When the president plans to reschedule his trip is unknown, according to the White House.
A state of emergency was also issued for all 67 counties in Florida on Saturday by Governor Ron DeSantis.
Additionally, he is advising Floridians to get ready for it.
In a statement, DeSantis said that all Floridians should make their preparations because the storm might intensify into a major hurricane. He also said that they are working together with all state and local partners to monitor the storm’s possible effects.
DeSantis urged Floridians to keep an eye on the storm and pay attention to local authorities.
As of Saturday night, Caribbean Storm Ian was gaining strength over the warm Caribbean waters and had sustained winds of about 45 mph.
At 16 mph, it is heading west.
The storm is predicted to travel west of Tampa and make landfall over the Florida panhandle early the following week.
Over the coming days, the storm will keep intensifying quickly.