Hurricane Ian is expected to significantly strengthen over the next few days and threaten Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Flash flooding and heavy rainfall is possible for the Florida Keys, west Florida and the Panhandle through the middle of next week.
The center of the hurricane, which is headed toward the Gulf of Mexico, is forecast to move across the central Caribbean Sea through Saturday, pass south of Jamaica on Saturday night and Sunday, and approach the Cayman Islands on Sunday night and early Monday.
What's the storm season forecast for 2022?
Forecasters expect yet another busy Atlantic hurricane season in 2022. As many as 10 hurricanes could form, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Overall, NOAA said 14 to 21 named storms could develop.
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Helpful hurricane resources and links
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Officials encourage residents to assemble a hurricane kit early, storing enough supplies to last at least three days. Doing so ensures there are adequate supplies available on store shelves and prevents a rush — and shortages — that regularly occur when a storm is imminent.
Vonna Keomanyvong is a manager on the Florida-Georgia Digital Optimization Team. Support local journalism by subscribing to a Florida news organization.
This article originally appeared on Naples Daily News: Hurricane Ian path: See spaghetti models, storm tracker Florida