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Tropical Storm Ian expected to spare South Florida


(MIAMI, FLA) — The path of Tropical Storm Ian continues to move west and north and as a result, all of South Florida is outside the cone of concern, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm has winds of 45 MPH and is moving W near 14 MPH.

The storm is forecast to reach hurricane strength on Monday but not expected to make landfall until Thursday near Cedar Key.

Ian is expected to produce heavy rainfall and instances of flash flooding and possible mudslides in areas of higher terrain, particularly over Jamaica and Cuba.

Hurricane conditions are possible in the Cayman Islands by early Monday, with tropical storm conditions possible by late Sunday. Tropical storm conditions are possible in Jamaica on Sunday.

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, and heavy rainfall. While it is too soon to determine the exact magnitude and location of these impacts, residents in Cuba, the Florida Keys, and the Florida peninsula should ensure they have their hurricane plan in place and closely monitor forecast updates through the weekend.