Tropical Storm Ian about to have “rapid intensification.” Florida track is uncertain.
Miami, Fl (Treasurecoast.com)- According to the National Hurricane Center Tropical Storm Ian is about to have “rapid intensification.” Florida track is uncertain.
BULLETIN Tropical Storm Ian Intermediate Advisory Number 9A NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL092022 800 AM EDT Sun Sep 25 2022 ...IAN FORECAST TO BEGIN RAPIDLY STRENGTHENING LATER TODAY... ...RISK OF SIGNIFICANT WIND AND STORM SURGE IMPACTS INCREASING FOR WESTERN CUBA..
Gov. DeSantis declared a state of emergency for all of Florida the previous day, expanding an initial order that had covered two dozen counties.
President Biden also declared an emergency, authorizing the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate disaster relief and provide assistance to protect lives and property. The president postponed a scheduled Sept. 27 trip to Florida due to the storm.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Ian was moving across the central Caribbean Sea, and expected to pass southwest of Jamaica by Sunday evening. By early Sunday, it was located 320 miles south-southeast of Grand Cayman, moving west-northwest at 12 mph. It had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT: A Hurricane Warning is in effect for... * Grand Cayman A Hurricane Watch is in effect for... * Cuban provinces of Isla de Juventud, Pinar del Rio, and Artemisa A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for... * Little Cayman and Cayman Brac * Cuban provinces of La Habana, Mayabeque, and Matanzas
“Ian is expected to become a hurricane later today or tonight and reach major hurricane strength by late Monday or Monday night before it reaches western Cuba,” the NHC said.
At 800 AM EDT (1200 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Ian was located near latitude 15.0 North, longitude 79.4 West. Ian is moving toward the west-northwest near 12 mph (19 km/h). A turn toward the northwest at a similar forward speed is expected later today, followed by a turn toward the north-northwest on Monday and north on Tuesday. On the forecast track, the center of Ian is forecast to pass well southwest of Jamaica today, and pass near or west of the Cayman Islands early Monday. Ian will then move near or over western Cuba Monday night and early Tuesday and emerge over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday. Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. Rapid strengthening is forecast to begin later today. Ian is expected to become a hurricane later today or tonight and reach major hurricane strength by late Monday or Monday night before it reaches western Cuba. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1001 mb (29.56 inches) based on NOAA Hurricane Hunter dropsonde data.
Ian was forecast to pass west of the Cayman Islands early Monday, and then near western Cuba Monday night, the NHC said. It could reach Florida by Tuesday, bringing the possibility of flash flooding to the Florida peninsula and the Florida Keys.
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