Hurricane Ian tracker

According to forecasts, Hurricane Ian is approaching Cuba as it prepares to make landfall in Florida.

The National Hurricane Center said on Monday that Hurricane Ian is expected to deliver a dangerous storm surge and gusts as high as 140 mph

when it approaches Florida's Gulf Coast in the middle of this week.

At 2 a.m. ET on Tuesday, Ian had maximum sustained winds of 110 mph

and was swiftly strengthening into a major storm as it approached the western coast of Cuba,

 according to forecasts. Numerous shelters were erected by authorities in the Pinar del Rio province of Cuba,

And precautions were taken to save crops in Cuba's primary tobacco-growing region

The west coast of the island could see storm surge of up to 14 feet,