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Tropical Storm Ian expected to strengthen as it moves across Caribbean Sea

Posted: Saturday, September 24, 2022. 10:25 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) say that Tropical Storm Ian is expected to strengthen as it moves across the central Caribbean Sea today.

Tropical Storm Ian is located about 270 miles South-Southeast of Kingston, Jamaica.

On the forecast track, the center of Ian is forecast to move across the central Caribbean Sea today, pass southwest of Jamaica on Sunday, and pass near or over the Cayman Islands Sunday night and early Monday.

Ian will then approach western Cuba late Monday and emerge over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts.

Ian is expected to become a hurricane late Sunday or Sunday night and could be at or near major hurricane strength late Monday when it approaches western Cuba.

Rains may produce flash flooding and mudslides in areas of higher terrain, particularly over Jamaica and Cuba. Flash and urban flooding are possible with rainfall across the Florida Keys and the Florida peninsula through mid-next week.

Storm surge could raise water levels by as much as 2 to 4 feet above normal tide levels along the immediate coast in areas of onshore winds in the Cayman Islands Sunday night into Monday.


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