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Tropical Storm Ian forms in Caribbean

Tropical Storm Ian has formed in the Caribbean Sea, just south of Jamaica, with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour. The National Hurricane Center has issued advisory number five for the storm, which is expected to remain over the ocean until early Monday morning. 

Ian is forecast to become a major hurricane after it moves over the island of Cuba and into the Gulf of Mexico. 

The National Hurricane Center issues a forecast cone for Tropical Storm Ian.

The Gulf of Mexico is the perfect environment for rapid intensification of this storm, as the sea surface temperatures are very warm. Ian has the potential to gain strength very quickly when it moves into the Gulf on Tuesday morning. 

Uncertainty is still very high for where Ian will make landfall in the United States, but people in Florida from the Big Bend down to the Keys need to start making preparations in anticipation of the storm’s arrival. 

Jamaica is currently under a tropical storm watch and the Cayman Islands are under a hurricane watch.

Ian joins active storms Fiona, Gaston and Hermine in the Atlantic Basin.
For detailed forecast information, keep up with the National Hurricane Center here.