September 27, 2022 Florida braces for Hurricane Ian

By Adrienne Vogt, Aditi Sangal, Elise Hammond and Maureen Chowdhury, CNN

Updated 10:01 PM ET, Tue September 27, 2022
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9:15 p.m. ET, September 27, 2022

Cuba is in a nation-wide blackout, state media says

From CNN’s Patrick Oppmann

Cuba is experiencing a nationwide blackout, according to state media.

Officials said Hurricane Ian, which wreaked havoc in western Cuba on Tuesday, caused the power outage. 

In a social media posting, Cuba’s state-run National Electric System said the current output for the island nation of 11 million people was at zero percent.

Officials said they hope to begin restoring power late Tuesday or early Wednesday. 

Earlier, the state electric company, Unión Eléctrica de Cuba, said it would keep off the power in Havana to avoid deaths or damage to property until the weather improves, following the hurricane-strength rains and winds that hit the capital.

8:41 p.m. ET, September 27, 2022

Tropical storm-force winds arrive in the Florida Keys

From CNN's Robert Shackelford

Hurricane Ian's outer bands are bringing sustained tropical storm-force winds to the Florida Keys, according to the 8 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center.

A National Data Buoy Center site near Sombrero Key recently reported a sustained wind of 43 mph and the Florida Keys Marathon International Airport reported a wind gust of up to 52 mph.

During the last hour, the Key West International Airport reported a sustained wind of 48 mph and a gust to 71 mph.

8:26 p.m. ET, September 27, 2022

Tolls are suspended on Central Florida roads in preparation for Hurricane Ian

From CNN’s Amy Simonson

Tolls have been suspended on central Florida toll roads in preparation for Hurricane Ian, according to a Seminole County government statement. 

Toll roads include:  

  • Apopka Expressway
  • Beachline Expressway
  • Central FL Greenway
  • East-West Expressway
  • Florida’s Turnpike Mainline
  • Goldenrod Road Extension
  • I-4 Express Lanes
  • Osceola Parkway
  • Poinciana Parkway
  • Seminole Expressway
  • Southern Connector Extension
  • SR 453, Wekiva Parkway
  • Western Beltway

8:25 p.m. ET, September 27, 2022

Parkland High School shooter penalty trial to close for 3 days due to Hurricane Ian 

From CNN’s Maria Cartaya 

Nikolas Cruz is shown at the defense table during the penalty phase of Cruz's trial at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. on Tuesday, September 27.
Nikolas Cruz is shown at the defense table during the penalty phase of Cruz's trial at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. on Tuesday, September 27. (Amy Beth Bennett/Pool/South Florida Sun Sentinel/AP)

The penalty trial for Nikolas Cruz, the Parkland High School shooter, resumed on Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale with the state beginning its rebuttal case. 

The Broward County Courthouse is closed Wednesday and Thursday in advance of Hurricane Ian. The court proceedings for the trial were originally expected to go through the rest of the week with a half-day scheduled for Friday.  

“Even if the courthouse is open [on Friday] the consensus is to finish the doctor’s testimony on Monday,” said Judge Elizabeth Scherer after conferring with state prosecutors and defense attorneys about scheduling.  

In October 2021, Cruz pleaded guilty to 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder in the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on February 14, 2018.    

Jurors will be tasked with sentencing Cruz to death or to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Jurors must be unanimous for a death sentence, according to Florida law. 

8:09 p.m. ET, September 27, 2022

Cuba state electric company says it's keeping power grid shut to prevent deaths or damage

From CNN’s Patrick Oppmann in Havana

Cuba’s state electric company, Unión Eléctrica de Cuba (UNE), says it will keep the power off in Havana to avoid deaths or damage to property until the weather improves, following the hurricane-strength rains and winds that hit the capital in the wake of Ian.

UNE said it turned off the power ahead of the storm to avoid people being electrocuted as well as to prevent fires.  

Cuba’s aging power grid has been plagued with blackouts all summer which has led to rare protests against the government. 

7:41 p.m. ET, September 27, 2022

Florida Keys beginning to experience tropical storm force winds, Monroe County official says

From CNN’s Amy Simonson

News crews, tourists and local residents take images as high waves from Hurricane Ian crash into the seawall at the Southernmost Point buoy, Tuesday, September 27, in Key West, Florida.
News crews, tourists and local residents take images as high waves from Hurricane Ian crash into the seawall at the Southernmost Point buoy, Tuesday, September 27, in Key West, Florida. (Rob O'Neal/The Key West Citizen/AP)

The Florida Keys have begun to experience the effects of Hurricane Ian as tropical storm winds have started gusting through Monroe County, an official said.

Shannon Weiner, Monroe County Emergency Management director, told CNN’s Erin Burnett that the Keys are experiencing tropical storm force winds of 40 to 50 miles an hour and some heavy gusts of 60 to 70 mph in Key West.

According to Weiner, rain has been falling off and on all day and in some areas, more than six inches of water has fallen. 

“We do expect it to worsen overnight. We are beginning to see a few power outages throughout the lower Keys — some downed trees in residential areas. So, we are very closely monitoring the situation as we move through the evening and early morning hours,” she said. 

Weiner said officials are urging people who are enjoying staying out in the elements to seek shelter with family or friends particularly after nightfall as the conditions continue to deteriorate. 

7:45 p.m. ET, September 27, 2022

"Evacuate now." Floridians in Ian's path have only a few hours to leave, emergency official warns

Traffic moves slowly on I-4 East as residents evacuate the Gulf Coast of Florida in advance of the arrival of Hurricane Ian on Tuesday, September 27, in Four Corners, Florida.
Traffic moves slowly on I-4 East as residents evacuate the Gulf Coast of Florida in advance of the arrival of Hurricane Ian on Tuesday, September 27, in Four Corners, Florida. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

A Florida emergency management official is urging people in Hurricane Ian's path to "evacuate now," warning that several issues -- including inaccessible bridges -- could make leaving some areas impossible in as little as a few hours.

The main concern is flooding, said Kevin Guthrie, the director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, noting that some areas could be "under water" by tomorrow morning.

"Evacuate now. They may not be able to help you come morning time," he told CNN on Tuesday.

According to the most recent forecast from the National Hurricane Center, the very powerful storm is on track to hit Florida on Wednesday, bringing high winds, rain and storm surges as high as several feet in some places.

More than 2.5 million people are under some sort of an evacuation order late Tuesday.

And if residents don't depart shortly, they also may be an issue at the bridges.

"Here in the state of Florida, when we get our bridges to a point where we have 40-mile-an-hour sustained winds of one minute or more, then we shut those bridges down," he said.

While he said most of those bridges will leave outgoing lanes of traffic open, Guthrie still reiterated that the time for people to leave is "now."

7:19 p.m. ET, September 27, 2022

Port closures force cruise lines to cancel voyages

From CNN’s Jamiel Lynch

Port closures have forced Carnival Cruise Lines and Norwegian Cruise Lines to cancel voyages ahead of Hurricane Ian.

Carnival Cruise Lines: With the closure of the Port of Tampa Bay and the Port of Jacksonville, the company canceled multiple cruises planned for Thursday including; a four-day Carnival Paradise cruise which was sailing from Tampa and a four-day Carnival Elation cruise which was sailing from Jacksonville, a spokesperson said.

Guests will receive a full refund and a 25% future cruise credit, according to a Carnival spokesperson. 

Carnival also had to reroute or change ports on other ships due to Hurricane Ian. 

Norwegian Cruise Lines has canceled its 10-day voyage of the Norwegian Getaway which was scheduled to depart Thursday from Port Canaveral. 

Norwegian also changed the itinerary of its eight-day sail on Norwegian Sky, which left Miami on Sunday. Instead of its scheduled Western Caribbean stops, the ship will now make stops in the Eastern Caribbean.

7:16 p.m. ET, September 27, 2022

Florida governor to provide an update on Hurricane Ian at 11 p.m. ET

From CNN’s Jamiel Lynch

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will provide an update on the status of Hurricane Ian in an 11 p.m. ET news conference on Tuesday from the state emergency operations center in Tallahassee. 

DeSantis will be joined by Kevin Guthrie, state Department of Emergency Management director and Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jared Perdue.

The governor's earlier update could be viewed as a live stream on his Twitter account.