MIAMI – Tropical Storm Ian, formerly Tropical Depression 9, is moving west into the central Caribbean Sea, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and could become a hurricane by Monday. Parts of Cuba and almost the entire state of Florida are under the trajectory cone.
According to him latest NHC bulletin posted at 2:00 am As of Saturday, the system was about 345 miles southeast of Kingston, Jamaica and 635 miles east-southeast of Grand Cayman Island.
The tropical storm had top winds of 40 mph and was moving west-northwestward at a speed of 13 mph, according to the NHC.
According to NHC forecasts, the cyclone moves through the Caribbean Sea on Saturday, will pass south of Jamaica between Saturday night and Sunday and will approach the Cayman Islands between Sunday night and the morning of Monday.
After becoming a tropical storm tonight, it is expected to strengthen into a hurricane on Monday.
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At the moment, the system is expected to drop between 2 and 4 inches of rain, with accumulated maximums of 6 inches, in southern Haiti and the Dominican Republic; and between 6 and 10 inches, with a maximum of 14 inches, in western and central Cuba. South Florida is expected to start receiving heavy rain on Monday.
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The cyclone is also expected to leave strong waves and a dangerous storm surge.