Tropical Storm Ian sets its eye on Florida

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Tropical Storm Ian sets its eye on Florida

Tropical Storm Ian formed late Friday night in the Southern Caribbean and is on a path toward the Gulf of Mexico and Florida as a potentially major hurricane.

As of early Saturday morning, Ian was located about 315 miles southeast of Jamaica and moving to the west at 14 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Residents of Florida should be prepared for Ian to make landfall on Wednesday or Thursday as a Category 3 hurricane or higher.

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Tropical Storm Ian sets its eye on Florida

Here is more information from the National Hurricane Center:

At 800 AM EDT (1200 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Ian was located near latitude 14.2 North, longitude 74.5 West. Ian is moving toward the west-southwest near 15 mph (24 km/h). A westward to west-northwestward motion is expected through early Sunday. A turn toward the northwest is forecast late Sunday, followed by a north-northwestward turn by late Monday. On the forecast track, the center of Ian is forecast to move across the central Caribbean Sea today, pass southwest of Jamaica on Sunday, and pass near or over the Cayman Islands Sunday night and early Monday. Ian will then approach western Cuba on Monday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and Ian is expected to become a hurricane late Sunday or Sunday night.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center.


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