Tropical Storm Ian is expected to strengthen rapidly this weekend and approach Florida at or near major hurricane strength early next week, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Ian has picked up a little speed since this morning and is now moving toward the west near 13 mph and this general motion is expected to continue through tonight. Ian is forecast to approach the west coast of Florida at or near major hurricane strength early next week.
There is a risk of dangerous storm surge, hurricane-force winds, and heavy rainfall along the west coast of Florida and the Florida Panhandle by the middle of next week according to the National Hurricane Center.
Flash and urban flooding is possible with rainfall across the Florida Keys and Florida peninsula through mid next week. Additional flooding on rivers across northern Florida and parts of the Southeast cannot be ruled out.
Ian is moving over very warm waters and it should not take long for the system to develop an inner core. Once that happens, rapid intensification is expected while Ian crosses the northwestern Caribbean Sea.
Weather Tiger forecast: With a likely Ian incoming, Florida may see its most serious hurricane threat in years
Make sure you have a hurricane plan in place and follow any advice given by local officials.
Gov. DeSantis declared a preemptive state of emergency on Friday for 24 Florida counties. The governor expanded the order Saturday to include all counties.
Cone of uncertainty: See the latest graphic from the NHC
Where is Ian now?
Here is the latest data on Tropical Storm Ian pulled from the National Hurricane Center's 11 p.m. advisory.
Location: 395 miles southeast of Grand Cayman and 685 miles southeast of the western tip of Cuba
Maximum sustained winds: 50 mph
Movement: west at 13 mph
Pressure: 1002 MB (millibars)
When next advisory will be released: 5 a.m.
#Tallahassee and Big Bend folks, you have joined Central/South #Florida in #TropicalStormIan's NHC cone of uncertainty this morning. Western #Panhandle could join within next day.
Major impacts can & do occur outside the cone, but this is a good reminder to take #Ian seriously. pic.twitter.com/TDYUfzimIH
— WeatherTiger, LLC - weathertiger.substack.com (@wx_tiger) September 24, 2022
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This article originally appeared on Naples Daily News: Ian's path is heading for Florida. Track its impacts on Naples