Ian is expected to become a hurricane on Sunday, parts of Florida remain in the cone of concern – NBC Chicago

While all of South Florida is currently outside of Tropical Storm Ian’s cone of concern, there is growing concern that it could become as strong as a Category 4 hurricane before impacting the game. upstate in the coming days.

The National Hurricane Center’s latest advisory showed Ian winds of 50 miles per hour as he moved west-northwest at 12 mph. Ian is currently located 345 miles south-southeast of Grand Cayman and 625 miles southeast of the western tip of Cuba.

Despite Ian moving further west with each advisory, South Florida could still be placed under a tropical storm watch in the coming days due to forecast weather conditions. A hurricane warning is currently in effect for Grand Cayman and a hurricane watch is currently in effect for the Cuban provinces of Isla de Juventud, Pinar del Rio and Artemisa.

South Florida residents worried about Tropical Storm Ian even though Miami-Dade and Broward are out of the cone

A tropical storm watch is in effect for Little Cayman and Cayman Brac and the Cuban provinces of La Habana, Mayabeque and Matanzas.

Early next week, the storm is expected to pass west of the Cayman Islands and touch the western tip of Cuba. Ian should then head to the Florida peninsula, according to the latest advice.

Although outside the cone of concern, officials are encouraging South Florida residents to remain vigilant.

The City of Fort Lauderdale will distribute sandbags on Sunday. They will be limited to six per car and proof of residency will be required, according to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue.

Distribution begins at 8 a.m. at Mills Pond Park located at 2201 Northwest 9th Avenue while supplies last.

The City of Miami will also distribute free sandbags to Miami residents starting Sunday at 7 a.m. at several locations, including Little Haiti Soccer Park (6301 NE 2nd Avenue), Grapeland Park (1550 NW 37 Avenue) and Douglas Park (2755 SW 37 Ave).

President Joe Biden has postponed a trip to South Florida next week due to Tropical Storm Ian, the White House announced on Saturday.

The center of Ian is expected to pass southwest of Jamaica on Sunday and pass near or over the Cayman Islands on Sunday evening and early Monday. Ian will then approach western Cuba on Monday.

There is growing certainty that potentially deadly storm surges and hurricane-force winds over parts of western Cuba could occur starting Monday evening.

Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for Florida on Saturday as Tropical Storm Ian strengthens over the Caribbean and is expected to bring heavy rain and intense hurricane winds to the state next week.

Flash flooding and limited urban flooding are possible with precipitation in the Florida Keys and the Florida Peninsula through the middle of next week, NHC forecasters said.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis expanded the state of emergency declaration on Saturday to include the entire state. President Joe Biden on Saturday approved a declaration of emergency for the state of Florida due to Tropical Storm Ian, the White House said in a statement.

The statement authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate all disaster relief efforts resulting from Ian.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management said Friday it was monitoring the system and urged residents to prepare.

NBC Chicago

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