JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Action News Jax First Alert Weather Team is continuing to track several tropical systems, including Tropical Storm Ian.
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Ian, which formed Friday night, is expected to strengthen later this weekend rapidly and could bring hurricane conditions to the Cayman Islands by early Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The 2 p.m. track shows Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia in the forecast cone.
Ian is forecasted to rapidly strengthen later today with an increased risk of significant wind and storm surge for western Cuba.
However, First Alert Meteorologist Corey Simma said there are still lots of possible changes ahead in where the storm will ultimately make landfall.
Ian is expected to take a turn toward the northwest by Sunday evening, followed by a north-northwestward motion on Monday.
- A Tropical Storm Watch is currently in effect for Southwest Florida.
- A Hurricane Warning is currently in effect for the Cayman Islands.
- A Hurricane Warning is currently in effect for the western part of Cuba.
- A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Jamaica, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac.
- A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the lower Florida Keys from Seven Mile Bridge southward to Key West, including the Dry Tortugas.
A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. A warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.
A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.
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