Posted: Saturday, September 24, 2022. 8:34 am CST.
By Breaking Belize News Staff: The Weather Channel is reporting that Tropical Storm Ian is strengthening in the Caribbean Sea and may become a serious hurricane threat for the northwestern Caribbean and Southeast U.S. next week.
This morning, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said that Tropical Storm Ian’s center was about 300 miles south-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, and about 570 miles southeast of Grand Cayman with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph moving west-southwest at 15 mph.
Tropical storm and hurricane watches have been issued for parts of the Caribbean.
According to the Weather Channel, heavy rain is possible in the Caribbean from Ian through Monday or Tuesday and this could lead to dangerous flash flooding and mudslides in hilly and mountainous areas, particularly in Jamaica and Cuba.
“Early next week, Ian is forecast to move near or over western Cuba as a strengthening hurricane and then approach the Florida peninsula at or near major hurricane strength, with the potential for significant impacts from storm surge, hurricane-force winds, heavy rainfall,” the NHC added.
Regardless of its exact path, Ian will start impacting Florida next week.
Late last night, Ian became the ninth named storm of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season.
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