The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Ian will hit Florida as Category 3 hurricane
As of 8 p.m. Saturday, Tropical Storm Ian was expected to strengthen rapidly throughout the weekend.
Ian had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and was located 230 miles south of Kingston, Jamaica, and 430 miles southeast of Grand Cayman. The system was moving west at 14 mph.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Ian is forecast to become a hurricane by Sunday before continuing to strengthening further late Monday and Tuesday.
The NHC advises hurricane conditions are possible in the Cayman Islands by early Monday. The Florida Keys and South Florida can expect heavy rains to begin as early as Monday. Some flash and urban flooding is possible with this rainfall.
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…
* Grand Cayman
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…
* Little Cayman and Cayman Brac
A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.
A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.
The National Weather Service has urged Florida residents and visitors to gather supplies and keep tracking the forecast.
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