Tropical storm tracker: Ian forms in Atlantic

ALL RIGHT. AS YOU CAN SEE, IAN HAS FORM THIS EVENING. IT IS MOVING OFF TOWARDS THE WEST NORTHWEST AT A LITTLE SLOWER PACE TODAY, DOWN FROM 15 TO 12 MILES, HOUR WINDS UP TO 40. PRESSURE DOWN FROM 1006 DOWN TO 1005. AND WITH TIME, IT GOES OVER THE NORTHWESTERN CARIBBEAN AND BEGINS TO MAKE THAT TURN. THIS IS WHERE THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER IN ADVISORY TONIGHT MENTIONED THE POTENTIAL HERE FOR FOR RAPID INTENSIFY LOCATION ONCE IT GETS PAST GRAND CAYMAN AND MOVES OVER CUBA. LET’S TAKE A LOOK NOW AT 7 A.M. ON SUNDAY. 50 MILE AN HOUR TROPICAL STORM FROM THERE OVER GEORGETOWN IN 85 MILE AN HOUR HURRICANE, NORTHWEST TIP THERE OF CUBA AGAIN, A CATEGORY TWO HURRICANE THEN BECOMING A CATEGORY THREE, JUST SOUTHWEST OF FORT MYERS COMING ASHORE AND A VERY STRONG CATEGORY TWO HURRICANE, POTENTIALLY SOMEWHERE WEST, CENTRAL FLORIDA. THAT’S WHAT WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO WATCH AGAIN. 115 IS CAN THREE. SO IT DOES BEGIN WEAKEN ONCE IT COMES ASHORE MODEL HERE YOU CAN SEE HONING IN NOW VERY TIGHTLY NOW ON NORTHWESTERN CUBA. STILL LITTLE SPREAD. AND WE’LL WATCH THIS AS WE GO THROUGH THE UPCOMING WEEKEND BUT KIND OF HONING IN ON THE EASTERN GULF OF MEXICO AND CENTRAL FLORIDA. IN FACT, WHEN WE ZOOM IN AND LOOK AT THE MAJORITY OF THE MODELS TONIGHT, ANYWHERE FROM THE AVIAN TO THE WOLFCAMP THREE, CAT FOUR STORMS THERE, AGAIN TO 100 MILES OFFSHORE. THAT’S WHY WE’RE GOING TO WATCH THIS ONE FOR YOU VERY, VERY CAREFULLY. WE THINK BY LATE THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, THIS STORM WILL BE LIFTING UP TO THE NORTH IN THE SO INTENSIFYING THROUGH THE WEEKEND, WATCHING THE MODEL TRENDS FOR YOU ALL WEEKEND LONG ONLINE AND RIGHT HERE ON WESH. AGAIN THE POSITION OF AN EASTERN GULF STORM WOULD CREATE THE GREATEST IMPACTS FOR US RIGHT HERE IN CENTRAL FLORIDA. WE’LL LOOK AT SOME OF THOSE MODELS NOW. HERE’S ALEX. YEAH, TONY. SO I DO WANT TO HONE IN HERE ON THE GFS, THE EUROPEAN MODELS. THESE ARE MEAN OF GLOBAL FORECAST MODELS. YOU CAN SEE THEY’RE PRETTY MUCH IN LINE HERE AS WE GO TOWARDS THE CAYMANS, ALSO IN LINE WITH THE HURRICANE TRACK AS WE GO TOWARDS TUESDAY. THIS IS WHERE WE START TO SEE SOME SPLIT EURO BRINGS IT RIGHT OVER SOUTH FLORIDA AND INTO CENTRAL FLORIDA AS WELL. THE GFC KEEPS OFF SHORE, IT CONTINUES TO INTENSIFY AS WE GO IN THIS THURSDAY MORNING. NOTICE YOU’RE ALREADY OFFSHORE. THE GFS MOVING ITS WAY INTO THE PANHANDLE AND INTO THE BIG BEN. SO WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR PREPS? IT MEANS WE HAVE TO START THINKING ABOUT THAT NOW AS WE GO INTO TOMORROW. AGAIN, CONFIDENCE STILL A LITTLE BIT LOW ON THAT TRACK. SO 200 MILE SPREAD ON DAY FIVE. BUT AS WE GET INTO SUNDAY, WE CONTINUE TO HONE DOWN ON THAT TRACK. THAT’S WHEN YOU HAVE TO HAVE YOUR HURRICANE KIT TOPPED. IF WE’RE STILL IN THE CONE IN CENTRAL FLORIDA BY HAVE THOSE PREPS FINISHED, BECAUSE BY TUESDAY THOSE WINDS START TO PICK UP. AND THEN BY WEDNESDAY, THAT’S WHEN WE’RE SEEING THE WORST OF THE WEATHER. SO WHEN WE SAY GET THOSE PREPS READY, WAS THAT MEAN? HAVE YOUR SUPPLIES READY? FOOD WATER, BATTERIES, FLASHLIGHT, MEDICATIONS, CLEAR OUT THE LANAI, TIE DOWN THE LOOSE OUTDOOR ITEMS, DRAIN THE POOL, CHECK YOUR FUEL FOR THE GENERATORS AND PROPANE FOR COOKING, AND ALSO FILL UP YOUR CAR AGAIN THE WEEKEND. THE WEATHER’S LOOKING GREAT, SO GET OUTSIDE AND GET THOSE PREPS DONE BECAUSE AS WE INTO MIDWEEK THAT’S WHEN WE CAN BE TRACKING THOSE TROPICAL

NHC forecasts Tropical Storm Ian will hit Florida as a Category 3 hurricane

Tropical Depression Nine strengthened into Tropical Storm Ian Friday night. This system is forecast to hit Florida as a Category 3 hurricane next week.As of 11 p.m., Tropical Storm Ian was moving west-northwest at 12 mph with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. It was located 385 miles southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, and 680 miles east-southeast of Grand Cayman.See the latest maps, models and paths hereThe NHC advises hurricane conditions are possible in the Cayman Islands by early Monday.The Florida Keys and South Florida can expect heavy rains to begin as early as Monday. Some flash and urban flooding is possible with this rainfall, according to the NHC. SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…* Cayman IslandsA Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…* JamaicaA Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.”This storm is expected to strengthen to a major Category 3 hurricane with winds of 115 mph by Wednesday morning,” WESH 2 meteorologist Kellianne Klass said. “Southwest Florida to Tampa Bay are all in play for landfall. Still thinking the impacts for Central Florida will be around Tuesday through Thursday. GFS and European models are still not in agreement with the speed of the storm. GFS has the storm lingering off of the coast through Friday. The European model kicks the storm out by Thursday. This is still a fluid situation as we still need to fine-tune the exact landfall and timing of the storm.”The National Weather Service has urged Florida residents and visitors to gather supplies and keep tracking the forecast. Related: Seminole County begins sandbag preps ahead of tropical storm arrivalKNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE WATCH IS ISSUEDStay tuned to WESH 2 News, WESH.COM, or NOAA Weather Radio for storm updates.Prepare to bring inside any lawn furniture, outdoor decorations or ornaments, trash cans, hanging plants, and anything else that can be picked up by the wind.Understand hurricane forecast models and cones.Prepare to cover all windows of your home. If shutters have not been installed, use precut plywood.Check batteries and stock up on canned food, first-aid supplies, drinking water, and medications.The WESH 2 First Warning Weather Team recommends you have these items ready before the storm strikes.Bottled water: One gallon of water per person per dayCanned food and soup, such as beans and chiliCan opener for the cans without the easy-open lidsAssemble a first-aid kitTwo weeks’ worth of prescription medicationsBaby/children’s needs, such as formula and diapersFlashlight and batteriesBattery-operated weather radioWHAT TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE WARNING IS ISSUEDListen to the advice of local officials. If you are advised to evacuate, leave.Complete preparation activitiesIf you are not advised to evacuate, stay indoors, away from windows.Be alert for tornadoes. Tornadoes can happen during a hurricane and after it passes over. Remain indoors, in the center of your home, in a closet or bathroom without windows.HOW YOUR SMARTPHONE CAN HELP DURING A HURRICANEA smartphone can be your best friend in a hurricane — with the right websites and apps, you can turn it into a powerful tool for guiding you through a storm’s approach, arrival and aftermath.Download the WESH 2 News app for iOS | AndroidEnable emergency alerts — if you have an iPhone, select settings, then go into notifications. From there, look for government alerts and enable emergency alerts.If you have an Android phone, from the home page of the app, scroll to the right along the bottom and click on “settings.” On the settings menu, click on “severe weather alerts.” From the menu, select from most severe, moderate-severe, or all alerts.PET AND ANIMAL SAFETYYour pet should be a part of your family plan. If you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them too. Leaving pets behind, even if you try to create a safe space for them, could result in injury or death.Contact hotels and motels outside of your immediate area to see if they take pets.Ask friends, relatives and others outside of the affected area whether they could shelter your animal.

Tropical Depression Nine strengthened into Tropical Storm Ian Friday night.

This system is forecast to hit Florida as a Category 3 hurricane next week.

As of 11 p.m., Tropical Storm Ian was moving west-northwest at 12 mph with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. It was located 385 miles southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, and 680 miles east-southeast of Grand Cayman.

See the latest maps, models and paths here

The NHC advises hurricane conditions are possible in the Cayman Islands by early Monday.

The Florida Keys and South Florida can expect heavy rains to begin as early as Monday. Some flash and urban flooding is possible with this rainfall, according to the NHC.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…

* Cayman Islands

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…

* Jamaica

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

“This storm is expected to strengthen to a major Category 3 hurricane with winds of 115 mph by Wednesday morning,” WESH 2 meteorologist Kellianne Klass said. “Southwest Florida to Tampa Bay are all in play for landfall. Still thinking the impacts for Central Florida will be around Tuesday through Thursday. GFS and European models are still not in agreement with the speed of the storm. GFS has the storm lingering off of the coast through Friday. The European model kicks the storm out by Thursday. This is still a fluid situation as we still need to fine-tune the exact landfall and timing of the storm.”

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The National Weather Service has urged Florida residents and visitors to gather supplies and keep tracking the forecast.

Related: Seminole County begins sandbag preps ahead of tropical storm arrival

KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE WATCH IS ISSUED

  • Stay tuned to WESH 2 News, WESH.COM, or NOAA Weather Radio for storm updates.
  • Prepare to bring inside any lawn furniture, outdoor decorations or ornaments, trash cans, hanging plants, and anything else that can be picked up by the wind.
  • Understand hurricane forecast models and cones.
  • Prepare to cover all windows of your home. If shutters have not been installed, use precut plywood.
  • Check batteries and stock up on canned food, first-aid supplies, drinking water, and medications.

The WESH 2 First Warning Weather Team recommends you have these items ready before the storm strikes.

  • Bottled water: One gallon of water per person per day
  • Canned food and soup, such as beans and chili
  • Can opener for the cans without the easy-open lids
  • Assemble a first-aid kit
  • Two weeks’ worth of prescription medications
  • Baby/children’s needs, such as formula and diapers
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Battery-operated weather radio

WHAT TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE WARNING IS ISSUED

  • Listen to the advice of local officials. If you are advised to evacuate, leave.
  • Complete preparation activities
  • If you are not advised to evacuate, stay indoors, away from windows.
  • Be alert for tornadoes. Tornadoes can happen during a hurricane and after it passes over. Remain indoors, in the center of your home, in a closet or bathroom without windows.

HOW YOUR SMARTPHONE CAN HELP DURING A HURRICANE

A smartphone can be your best friend in a hurricane — with the right websites and apps, you can turn it into a powerful tool for guiding you through a storm’s approach, arrival and aftermath.

Download the WESH 2 News app for iOS | Android

Enable emergency alerts — if you have an iPhone, select settings, then go into notifications. From there, look for government alerts and enable emergency alerts.

If you have an Android phone, from the home page of the app, scroll to the right along the bottom and click on “settings.” On the settings menu, click on “severe weather alerts.” From the menu, select from most severe, moderate-severe, or all alerts.

PET AND ANIMAL SAFETY

Your pet should be a part of your family plan. If you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them too. Leaving pets behind, even if you try to create a safe space for them, could result in injury or death.

  • Contact hotels and motels outside of your immediate area to see if they take pets.
  • Ask friends, relatives and others outside of the affected area whether they could shelter your animal.

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