Tropical Storm Ian has formed as the system looms toward Southwest Florida in its trek through the Caribbean.
In an 11 p.m. Friday update, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) declared that Tropical Depression 9 had strengthened, forming a Tropical Storm. It is predicted to make landfall in Southwest Florida as a major hurricane around Wednesday afternoon.
There’s news in the tropics, and it’s not good. The message is to get ready, because a storm is coming. Tropical Depression 9, while underpowered and far away at the moment, is predicted to make landfall in Southwest Florida as a major hurricane around Wednesday afternoon.
“Early next week, Ian is forecast to move near or over western Cuba as a strengthening hurricane and then approach the Florida peninsula at or near major hurricane strength, with the potential for significant impacts from storm surge, hurricane-force winds and heavy rainfall,” according to the NHC.
“While it is too soon to determine the exact magnitude and location of these impacts, residents in Cuba, the Florida Keys and the Florida peninsula should ensure they have their hurricane plan in place and closely monitor forecast updates through the weekend.”
Tropical storm conditions are possible in Jamaica on Sunday. Hurricane