What to know about Hurricane Ian, the storm approaching Florida

Ian has intensified into a major hurricane bound to hit Florida’s Gulf Coast on Wednesday.

Satellite view of Hurricane Ian on Tuesday. (NOAA)

Hurricane Ian struck western Cuba early Tuesday with sustained 115 mph winds, and could be even stronger when it makes an expected landfall on Florida’s Gulf Coast on Wednesday.

It will be the first hurricane to hit the Sunshine State since Michael in 2018 and could at least briefly become the strongest September hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico since Rita in 2005.

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the storm.