Fmr Gov. Cuomo releases video about future plans

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks on March 2 during a press conference to discuss the first positive case of coronavirus in New York state. Angela Weiss /AFP via Getty Images
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks on March 2 during a press conference to discuss the first positive case of coronavirus in New York state.
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UPDATED 12:35 PM PT – Thursday September 29, 2022

Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has released an eight-minute video where he addressed the state of the nation and his plans for the future.

In the video recently posted online, Cuomo announced he’s starting a political action committee to “elect the right people to office.”

The 64-year-old said he doesn’t believe that the federal government has the courage or capacity to make real progress. Cuomo even went as far as to criticize Biden and the Democrats.

“President Biden gave a speech a couple of weeks ago saying he was determined to pass an assault weapons ban,” Cuomo stated. “But the Senate just passed the gun Bill. And it had no ban. And it had no capacity limits. The Democrats wouldn’t even put the bill banning assault rifles on the floor with Democrats united in support to show the Republicans are stopping passage.”

The Democrat also said Democracy is in peril and he’s here to help. The disgraced former governor announced that he has learned a lot. However, Cuomo made no mention of the sexual harassment scandal which prompted him to resign.

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Biden capping refugee admissions at 125k for 2023

President Joe Biden speaks during a celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and to mark Disability Pride Month, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Joe Biden speaks during a celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and to mark Disability Pride Month, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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UPDATED 12:12 PM PT – Thursday September 29, 2022

President Joe Biden has officially set the refugee admissions cap for the 2023 fiscal year.

On Tuesday, the White House announced they would set the cap at 125,000 migrants. Although this is the same number they gave for 2022, fewer than 20,000 refugees have been admitted. That number is not including the roughly 180,000 Ukrainians and Afghans who came via a legal process called humanitarian parole.

The 2023 cap is divided by regions with Africa being the largest portion at 40,000. The other regions include East Asia at 15,000, Europe and Central Asia at 15,000, Latin America/Caribbean at 15,000, near East/South Asia at 35,000 and another 5,000 slots for unallocated reserves.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken released a statement calling their target “ambitious.” He also reaffirmed their commitment to rebuilding and strengthening the refugee admissions program.

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Florida Gov. DeSantis speaks with Biden about Hurricane Ian

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference at the Pinellas County Emergency Operations Center, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, in Largo, Fla. DeSantis was updating residents of the path of Hurricane Ian. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference at the Pinellas County Emergency Operations Center, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, in Largo, Fla. DeSantis was updating residents of the path of Hurricane Ian. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

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UPDATED 10:53 AM PT – Thursday September 29, 2022

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and President Biden are momentarily putting their political differences aside as they seek to ensure that state and federal authorities are effectively responding to Hurricane Ian.

In an interview on Tuesday, DeSantis noted that the severity of the situation required coordination with the Biden administration. DeSantis shared his appreciation for the president and his administration.

“When people’s lives and their property are at risk like this, we all need to work together regardless of party lines,” DeSantis said. “The Biden administration has approved our request for a pre-landfall declaration and did that very quickly, so we are very thankful for that…And it’s my sense that the administration wants to help. I think they realize that this is a really significant storm.”

This comes as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) indicated that their coordination with DeSantis and other state officials has been excellent.

Biden officially spoke to DeSantis on Tuesday. There, the two discussed the federal government’s efforts to help Florida. The president, who said his team has been in constant contact with the governor, detailed his administrations work during an event on Wednesday.

Biden also made it known that the federal government is committed to helping Florida recover and rebuild after the hurricane passes.

“We’ve approved every request Florida has made for temporary assistance, emergency assistance, long term assistance that I’ve received,” Biden said. “We discussed what we’ve done to prepare for the hurricane. That includes dispatching hundreds of FEMA personnel and activating thousands of National Guard members. I’ve also developed a search and rescue team and deploy them to multiple federal agencies, and they’ve already on the ground are ready to help as we speak.”

President Biden and Governor DeSantis spoke for a second time on Thursday morning.  During their meeting, Biden and DeSantis committed to continuing their close coordination. Their latest conversation came after Hurricane Ian made landfall.

Ian made landfall as a Category 4 storm. It brought high winds, torrential rain and it raised the storm surge to the coastal regions of the state. The hurricane hit Florida with 150 mile-per-hour winds. However, it has since been downgraded to a Category 1 storm.

The Lee County Sheriff said fatalities are in the hundreds and that thousands of people are waiting to be rescued. However, Governor DeSantis said the reported fatalities are unconfirmed. 

Hurricane Ian has caused massive floods and has knocked out power for millions of Floridians. During a press briefing on Thursday, DeSantis announced that two of the most populous counties in the state have lost connection to the power grid.

“Between the National Guard and Coast Guard that are already performing these active rescue missions and there will be more air assets brought in, as the day goes on. We’ve also been working with hospitals overnight, who’ve been on generator power,” DeSantis announced. “We’re in the process of evacuating two healthcare facilities to safer locations north. We’re also surging more medical personnel into the area. As of 6 a.m. this morning (Thursday, 9/29), we have 2.02 million reported power outages.”

All of Florida remains under a State of Emergency. The National Hurricane Center has warned of a life-threatening storm surge.

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VP Kamala Harris Trip to Japan

US Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during her visit onboard USS Howard at the naval base in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture on September 28, 2022. (Photo by LEAH MILLIS / POOL / AFP) (Photo by LEAH MILLIS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
US Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during her visit onboard USS Howard at the naval base in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture on September 28, 2022. (Photo by LEAH MILLIS / POOL / AFP) (Photo by LEAH MILLIS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 9:50 AM PT – Thursday September 29, 2022

Vice President Kamala Harris begun her visit to Japan on Monday, to attend former Prime Minister Shizo Abe’s funeral. She went in place of President Joe Biden due to scheduling conflicts. During this trip, she also met with senior government officials and civil society leaders in Japan to discuss economic, trade and security interests.

On Wednesday,  Harris gave a speech aboard the USS Howard in the Yokosuka Naval Base where she reaffirmed the United State’s goals to deepen its unofficial ties with Taiwan.

The speech followed China’s growing aggressive behavior to coerce and intimidate its neighbors. China raised their aggression further, using Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) visit to Taiwan for an unprecedented show of military force. Although the US will continue to deepen its ties with Taiwan,  Harris added that the US does not want a war with China.

“Well, we remain dedicated to the principles that we have long stated, which is that there should not be any unilateral change to the status quo and that we are committed to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” said Harris.

Harris will move to South Korea on Thursday. There, she will reaffirm the United State’s commitment to its allies and she hopes to strengthen the trilateral relationship between the US, Japan and South Korea.

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DEA seizes 36 million lethal doses of fentanyl

Attorney General Merrick Garland, left, listens as Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator Anne Milgram speaks during in a press event to announce the results of an enforcement surge to reduce the fentanyl supply across the United States, at DEA headquarters, Arlington, Va., Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
Attorney General Merrick Garland, left, listens as Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator Anne Milgram speaks during in a press event to announce the results of an enforcement surge to reduce the fentanyl supply across the United States, at DEA headquarters, Arlington, Va., Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

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UPDATED 2:32 PM PT – Wednesday, September 28, 2022

The DEA has made major fentanyl seizures across the United States.       

On Tuesday, the agency announced that it has confiscated more than 36 million lethal doses of the drug in multiple states over a five-month period. The drug busts were part of the DEA’s ‘one pill can kill’ initiative which aims to stop the fentanyl crisis in America.

The DEA (United States Drug Enforcement Administration) also investigated 390-cases. All of the cases that were investigated were linked to Mexican cartels and to dozens of overdose poisonings. 

Attorney General Merrick Garland has released details on the seizures. He said the DEA is doing all it can to get the deadly drugs off the streets.

“Over the course of these investigations, we seized over 10 million fake pills and 982 of fentanyl powder across all 50 states,” Garland said. “That is enough to kill 36 million Americans.”

The DEA administrator announced that two Mexican cartels are responsible for the deadly fentanyl pouring into the United States and that agency’s top priority is to stop them.

The latest warning from the DEA is rainbow fentanyl. Rainbow fentanyl is essentially rainbow-colored pills. It is believed that rainbow fentanyl was created with the goal to appeal to younger users. The bright colors resemble different types of candy. Drug traffickers have nicknamed the drug sweetarts and skittles. However, the drug has nothing to do with candy.

Many people who are dying in result of fentanyl poisoning are not aware that they have taken the drug.

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Trump: Letitia James is a disaster and has been going after me for years

Former President Donald Trump holds a rally Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, in Wilmington, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Seward)
Former President Donald Trump holds a rally Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, in Wilmington, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Seward)

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UPDATED 12:28 PM PT – Wednesday, September 28, 2022

45th President Donald J. Trump has condemned New York Attorney General Letitia James for suing him and his three children for alleged fraud in New York.

During a recent radio interview, the former president declared that James has been going after him for years.

James has accused Trump of ‘misrepresenting himself’ to the banks–even though he mentioned that he has paid all of the banks in full.

“Look at this Letitia James, she’s a disaster. She spends years going after me. She said that I maybe misrepresented to banks. Which frankly I didn’t,” Trump said.

Trump then went on to say that the New York Attorney General does not care about the violent crime occurring in her state which he claimed is one of the biggest reasons why residents have left Democrat-run areas of New York.

James is seeking $250 million in damages. She is further aiming to prohibit the Trump family from holding board positions in any New York based companies.

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NATO warns Russia against using nuclear weapons

MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 29: Jens Stoltenberg NATO Secretaty General holds a press conference at the NATO Summit on June 29, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. During the summit in Madrid, on June 29 NATO leaders will make the historic decision whether to increase the number of high-readiness troops above 300,000 to face the Russian threat. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
Jens Stoltenberg NATO Secretary General holds a press conference at the NATO Summit on June 29, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 10:57 AM PT – Wednesday, September 28, 2022

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has issued a strong warning to Russia. Their warning comes after the country alluded to a possible a nuclear strike on Ukraine.

On Tuesday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced that there would be ‘severe consequences’ in response to a nuclear strike. Stoltenberg also said Russia must know that a nuclear war cannot be won and should never be fought. He continued to stress that NATO is taking Russia’s rhetoric very seriously.

“Our message is that any use of nuclear weapons is absolutely unacceptable,” Stoltenberg said. “It will totally change the nature of the conflict.”

This response comes as Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that he is prepared to ‘use all the means available’ to Russia in regard to the ongoing conflict.

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Biden Claims GOP Wants to get Rid of Medicare

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: U.S. President Joe Biden holds up a piece of paper he says highlights a plan by Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) while delivering remarks about lowering health care costs in the Rose Garden at the White House on September 27, 2022 in Washington, DC. Biden's remarks "focused on lowering health care costs and protecting and strengthening Medicare and Social Security," according to the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
U.S. President Joe Biden holds up a piece of paper he says highlights a plan by Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) while delivering remarks about lowering health care costs in the Rose Garden at the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 10:45 PM PT – Wednesday September 28, 2022

Joe Biden gushed over the small victory of lowering the costs of prescription medication. During a speech on Tuesday, Biden announced that the Department of Health and Human Services would be reducing Medicare premiums by at least three percent in 2023. Biden claimed the move will put more money in the pockets of people who use the program.

This comes despite the fact that the current state of the economy has reportedly lost Americans more than $4,000 in their annual income since he took office. There was a premium hike in expenses earlier this year due to the high cost of a new Alzheimer’s drug.

“The Department of Health and Human Services announced that the premium for Part B will in fact, decrease this year,” Biden said. “That’s a fee you pay as a free for Medicare to cover your visits to your doctor. For years, that fees gone up now for the first time in more than a decade is going to go down. And millions of seniors and people with disabilities are on Medicare. That means more money in their pockets while still getting the care they need.”

Biden then decided to shift gears and lambast Republican lawmakers who voted against the so-called Inflation Reduction Act. He also claimed that Republicans want to get rid of programs such as Medicare and social security.

However, this claim has been debunked by the Washington Post. The news organization pointed out that Senator Rick Scott’s (R-Fla.) proposal would have Congress repeatedly vote on Medicare every five years. Additionally, they cited that Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who proposed that these programs, receives funding through the annual budget. The publication asserted that only two Republicans made the call to end Medicare and social security.

“Every single Republican voted against the Inflation Reduction Act. And when it actually came time to do something about inflation around the kitchen table, every one of them said no in the House and the Senate. And sadly it goes further. 158 House Republicans have already signed a Republican budget that will cut Medicare and social security,” Biden announced. “I know you think I’m probably exaggerating that but there’s a pamphlet, a pamphlet, a 12 point plan to rescue America by Senator Scott of Florida.”

Biden ended his speech by making a call of unity despite his seemingly endless obsession with labeling MAGA Republicans as a threat to democracy.

Recent polling has suggested that more than two-thirds of Americans view his statements regarding the America first movement as being divisive.

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No mercy for J6: DC jury slams peaceful defendant with 5 ‘guilty’ verdicts

Chanel Rion – OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 9:16 AM PT – Wednesday, September 28, 2022

John Strand, one of the rare J6 defendants who refused to take a plea deal from the US Government, was found guilty Tuesday by a DC jury of all 5 counts of obstruction and trespassing on Capitol grounds (charges here). 

After closing arguments Monday morning, the jury spent the rest of the afternoon deliberating but were unable to reach a conclusion – lending Strand and his team a sense of false hope. Hope the jury, pulled from a city that voted 93% for Democrat Joe Biden, would render a verdict removed from their own personal politics. This hope was short-lived. The jury rendered a unanimous all guilty verdict Tuesday morning.

Strand is the exception amongst J6 cases. Most J6 defendants choose not to face a DC jury for fear they would not receive a fair trial from a left leaning jury pool. Most J6 defendants – including his former boss Dr. Simone Gold – take some sort of plea deal with the DOJ.

Strand will await his sentencing before Judge Christopher Cooper on January 12, 2023. 

The government made a largely emotional appeal one that stretched facts more times than not throughout the course of the trial. The government brought in emotional guards and officers who described for the jury the terror of that day and their experiences… experiences Strand neither saw nor participated in.

But it was a successful strategy. The government conflated horror stories from January 6 and made it appear as if Strand were the callous witness and active participant. Charges that all video and picture footage directly contradict.

Unfortunately for Strand, the jury was swayed. Either by their own internal politics that had already made up their minds against Strand, or by the emotional appeals from the DOJ. 

Here’s a rundown of the 5 charges and the responses Strand’s team submitted over the course of his trial. 

CHARGE 1: OBSTRUCTION OF OFFICIAL PROCEEDING

CHARGE 2: ENTERING IN RESTRICTED GROUNDS

CHARGE 3: DISORDERLY CONDUCT IN A RESTRICTED BUILDING

CHARGE 4: DISORDERLY CONDUCT IN CAPITOL BUILDING

CHARGE 5: PARADING OR PICKETING A CAPITOL BUILDING

DOJ CHARGE 1: OBSTRUCTION OF OFFICIAL PROCEEDING

The government charged Strand attended the J6 rally in an effort to actively stop a Congressional proceeding. The government used Strand’s own social media and text messages referring to the potential of civil war over a stolen election as evidence Strand traveled to DC with the intent of stopping Congress from certifying the 2020 presidential election. 

Government attorneys argued January 6 was “surreal” and in an absurd twist, essentially argued John Strand was nothing short of a General leading a Civil War against the nation’s Capitol: “[John Strand]?” they charged,  “at the forefront.”

STRAND’S DEFENSE

Friday, Strand told the Federal Court in Washington DC he attended the January 6 protest at the Capitol because he was serving as bodyguard for America’s Frontline Doctors founder Dr. Simone Gold. For this reason alone, he traveled to DC – not, as the government alleges, to obstruct an election at the nation’s Capitol. 

Strand, portrayed by his defense as a struggling actor in California, was also in what he called an “imbalanced” relationship with the older Gold and described Gold, as his boss and partner who was “headstrong” and forceful. An important detail leading up to why Strand says he found himself on the Capitol grounds on January 6. 

Strand’s defense team offered as evidence Strand’s security guard license from the state of California and texts and rally schedules showing Strand would have been in California were it not for Dr. Gold’s speech.

THE FACTS:

While Strand himself became politically active in the months leading up to January 6, as demonstrated in Strand’s own calendar and text messages, were it not for his boss Dr. Gold traveling to DC, Strand would not have been in or near the Capitol at all. A fact that effectively refutes the government’s argument that Strand traveled to the Capitol to lead an insurrection. 

The government had to adjust this argument once it became clear it was their weakest argument. In their rebuttal Monday, the government argued “INTENT” to lead an insurrection and obstruct Congress didn’t have to be premeditated. That “intent could be formed in an instant.” So while Strand may not have planned to obstruct Congress, it doesn’t matter, says the government  – he could have decided to obstruct Congress the moment he saw his opportunity to do so.

Dr. Gold was scheduled to speak near Capitol grounds on January 5, 2021 but the speech was postponed. Strand testified his boss, and at the time, romantic partner, decided to watch then President Trump’s speech on January 6, 2021 and wanted to speak near the Capitol despite her speech being canceled. 

If intent to invade the capitol and lead an insurrection to overturn an election were formed at the instant John Strand was in the Capitol… he had an interesting way of ‘leading’ by serving as Dr. Gold’s physical buffer and standing behind her most of the time he was on Capitol grounds.

DOJ CHARGE 2: ENTERING IN RESTRICTED GROUNDS

In closing arguments Monday, the government argued Strand “should have known better” than to have entered restricted Capitol grounds. That Strand should have seen a police lineup and barricades on the Capitol steps and not proceeded.

STRAND’S DEFENSE

Strand and his team argued the police barricade cited by the DOJ was already dissolved by the time Strand and his protectee Dr. Gold arrived at the foot of the Capitol steps.

Strand and his team have also argued, and shown, Strand, who was physically shielding Dr. Gold with both arms the majority of the time he was on Capitol grounds was clearly following Dr. Gold’s wishes to follow the crowd. Once embedded, both Strand and Gold were unable to extricate themselves from a chaotic situation. 

Another defense here was Strand’s unfamiliarity with the Capitol grounds and the Capitol itself. The defense argues, it is, in a fast moving and powerful mob, extremely difficult to know where you are and to know where the “restricted” parts of the Capitol grounds are located. Especially if you’re like Strand and not from Washington DC.

FACTS: Pictorial and video evidence clearly show Strand behind Dr. Gold, holding her, and trying to steer her in an increasingly boisterous mob. At one point they are swept up the steps by the incoming mob and find themselves crushed against the East side doors. 

At no point does Strand push his way past police, a barricade, or any indicators that might have shown him the area was restricted. Once at the capitol doors, Strand and Gold make their way inside to avoid getting crushed by a growing mob at the Capitol steps. 

CHARGES 3 & 4: DISORDERLY CONDUCT IN A RESTRICTED BUILDING and IN CAPITOL BUILDING

The government argued once on Capitol grounds and inside the Capitol, Strand engaged in what they call disorderly conduct. Citing specifically, a picture from Statuary Hall where Dr. Gold had crawled to the base of a statue and used her megaphone to try and deliver her planned speech on medical freedom. Strand is standing beside her cupping his hand to his ears trying to get the mob to listen.

STRAND’S DEFENSE: 

Strand argues he was on the statue to stay with his boss and ensure she was safe. 

Strand’s attorneys also effectively pointed out how Strand, though a security detail for Dr. Gold, did not bring with him any weapons, did not commandeer any weapons once in the Capitol grounds, did not touch or harass officers, did not participate in breaking or damaging property, and did not use chemical agents. Strand simply walked out with his boss once they encountered officers who ordered them out. 

FACTS: 

Strand did not damage property nor did he confront officers or guards in or around the capitol. Disorderly conduct in and around the Capitol is a stretch – especially in light of other J6 figures like Ray Epps who was on multiple occasions actively ordering and rallying the crowd to go *inside* the capitol. Strands actions on camera do not seem to match up with the traditional definitions of disorderly conduct. 

CHARGE 5: PARADING OR PICKETING IN A CAPITOL BUILDING

This is one of the easier charges to understand from the government’s perspective. It is as it sounds – it is illegal to hold signs, parade with a protest group, or picket inside the Capitol building which is what they accused Strand of doing on January 6.

STRAND’S DEFENSE:

Strand’s defense pulled up the Oxford definition of parading and picketing and were able to argue that by strict definition, Strand was not parading or picketing. Strand held no sign or slogan. And far from participating in a mob or parade, was swept into the crowd in the process of following and protecting his boss, Dr. Gold.

FACTS:

Indeed, Strand held no sign, did not march or chant slogans – as in the other defense arguments, Strand is only in and around the Capitol because of Dr. Gold. And while there, does not hold signs or chant slogans or wear MAGA gear. Strand is for the most part, by or behind Dr. Gold, shielding her from the chaotic mob. 

STRAND’S SENTENCE

If Judge Christopher Cooper follows the sentencing guidelines strictly for all 5 guilty charges against Strand, Strand could face 24 years in federal prison. 

The likelihood Cooper would sentence Strand to the full guidance is, however, unlikely. Dr. Gold, who was also sentenced by Cooper was recently released from federal prison in Miami after serving 60 days. 

Strand’s sentencing is scheduled for January 12, 2023.

John Strand has been raising funds and support from his website.

Neither Strand nor his attorneys have released any public statements as of this writing.

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Hurricane Ian strengthens as it barrels towards Fla.

This GOES-East GeoCcolor satellite image taken at 10:10 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, and provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows Hurricane Ian over the Gulf of Mexico. Ian tore into western Cuba as a major hurricane Tuesday, knocking out power to the entire country and leaving millions people without electricity, before churning on a collision course with Florida over warm Gulf waters amid expectations it would strengthen into a catastrophic Category 4 storm. (NOAA via AP)
This GOES-East GeoCcolor satellite image taken at 10:10 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, and provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows Hurricane Ian over the Gulf of Mexico. Ian tore into western Cuba as a major hurricane Tuesday, knocking out power to the entire country and leaving millions people without electricity, before churning on a collision course with Florida over warm Gulf waters amid expectations it would strengthen into a catastrophic Category 4 storm. (NOAA via AP)

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 8:37 AM PT – Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Hurricane Ian has strengthened as it barrels toward the west coast of Florida. It’s expected to make landfall as a possible category-five storm on Wednesday on Florida’s western gulf coast between Sarasota and Fort Myers. The hurricane has maximum sustained winds of more than 150-miles-per-hour.

All of Florida is under a state of emergency. More than 2.5 million people are under evacuation orders.  

During a press briefing on Wednesday, Governor Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) said that parts of southern Florida are already feeling the effects of the hurricane including flooding, power outages and tornadoes. DeSantis warned residents that the storm will have major impacts.  

“Clearly this is a very powerful, major hurricane that’s gonna have major impacts both on impact on southwest Florida. But then as it continues to work through the state, it is going to have major major impacts in terms of winds, in terms of rain, in terms of flooding,” DeSantis said. “So, this is going to be a nasty nasty day, two days.”

DeSantis said ‘catastrophic’ damage is expected as well as life threatening flooding.  

5,000 National Guard members have been activated. Additionally, 2,000 from neighboring states were activated as well.  FEMA has deployed 700 personnel to Florida and has water, food and generators on hand to help residents amid the storm.     

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