Tropical Storm Tracker: Ian heading for Florida

Tropical Depression Nine transformed into Tropical Storm Ian on Friday evening. This system is expected to hit Florida as a Category 2 hurricane next week. At 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 that hurricane conditions are possible in the Cayman Islands by early Monday. can expect heavy rain on Monday. Some flash and urban flooding is possible with this rainfall, according to the NHC. “Rapid intensification is expected Monday through Wednesday over very warm waters,” said WESH 2 meteorologist Tony Mainolfi. “The GFS model continues to be slower and west of the euro with the forecast cone between these two models tonight. The intensity forecast remains very impressive in Category 2 – Category 4.” follow the forecast. 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 in the monitoring area. A watch is usually issued 48 hours before the first expected occurrence of tropical storm-force winds, conditions that make outdoor preparations difficult or dangerous. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch area, usually within 48 hours. Related: Seminole County begins sandbagging ahead of tropical storm landfall. ornaments, trash cans, hanging plants and anything that can be blown away. Understand hurricane forecast patterns and cones. Prepare to cover all the windows in your home. If shutters have not been installed, use pre-cut plywood. Check the batteries and stock up on canned food, first aid supplies, drinking water and medicine. water: One gallon of water per person per dayCanned foods and soup, such as beans and chiliCan opener for cans without the easy-open lidsAssemble a first aid kitTwo weeks of prescription medicationBaby’s needs/ children, such as baby formula and diapersFlashlight and batteriesBattery operated weather radioWHAT TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE WARNING IS ISSUEDListen to the advice of local authorities. If advised to evacuate, leave. Complete Preparedness Activities If you are not advised to evacuate, stay indoors, away from windows. Watch out for tornadoes. Tornadoes can occur during a hurricane and after it passes. Stay indoors, in the center of your home, in a closet or windowless bathroom. HOW YOUR SMARTPHONE CAN HELP YOU DURING A HURRICANE A smartphone can be your best friend during a hurricane – with the right websites and apps, you can turn it into a powerful tool to guide you through the approach, arrival and aftermath of a storm. Download the WESH 2 News app for iOS | AndroidEnable emergency alerts – if you have an iPhone, select settings, then go to 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 right at the bottom and click “Settings”. In the settings menu, click on “Severe weather alerts”. From the menu, select from the most severe, moderate to severe, or all alerts. PET AND PET SAFETY Your pet should be part of your family plan. If you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them as well. Leaving pets behind, even if you try to create a safe space for them, can result in injury or death. Contact hotels and motels outside your immediate area to see if they allow pets. if they could house your pet.

Tropical Depression Nine transformed into Tropical Storm Ian on Friday evening.

This system is expected to hit Florida as a Category 2 hurricane next week.

At 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 that 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.

“Rapid intensification is expected Monday through Wednesday over very warm waters,” said WESH 2 meteorologist Tony Mainolfi. “The GFS model continues to be slower and west of the Euro with the forecast cone between these two models tonight. The intensity forecast remains very impressive in Category 2 – Category 4.”

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The National Weather Service has urged Florida residents and visitors to stock up and follow the forecast.

SUMMARY OF EFFECTIVE WATCHES AND WARNINGS:

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 in the watch area. A watch is usually issued 48 hours before the first expected occurrence of tropical storm-force winds, conditions that make outdoor preparations difficult or dangerous.

A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch area, usually within 48 hours.

Related: Seminole County Begins Sandbag Preparation Before Tropical Storm Lands

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.
  • Be prepared to bring indoor garden furniture, outdoor decorations or ornaments, garbage cans, hanging plants and anything that can be blown away.
  • Understand hurricane forecast models and cones.
  • Prepare to cover all the windows in your home. If shutters have not been installed, use pre-cut plywood.
  • Check the batteries and stock up on canned goods, first aid supplies, drinking water and medicine.

The WESH 2 First Warning Weather Team recommends having these items ready before the storm hits.

  • Bottled water: One gallon of water per person per day
  • Preserves and soups, such as beans and chili
  • Can opener for cans without easy-open lids
  • Assemble a first aid kit
  • Two weeks of prescription medication
  • Baby/child 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 elected officials. If you are advised to evacuate, leave.
  • Complete preparation activities
  • If you are not advised to evacuate, stay indoors, away from windows.
  • Watch out for tornadoes. Tornadoes can occur during a hurricane and after it passes. Stay indoors, in the center of your home, in a windowless closet or bathroom.

HOW YOUR SMARTPHONE CAN HELP YOU DURING A HURRICANE

A smartphone can be your best friend during a hurricane. With the right websites and apps, you can make this a powerful tool to guide you through the approach, arrival and aftermath of a storm.

Download the WESH 2 News app to iOS | android

Turn on emergency alerts – if you have an iPhone, select settings, then go to 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 right at the bottom and click “Settings”. In the settings menu, click on “Severe weather alerts”. From the menu, select from the most severe, moderate-to-severe, or all alerts.

PET AND PET SAFETY

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

  • Contact hotels and motels outside your immediate area to see if they allow pets.
  • Ask friends, relatives and others outside the affected area if they could house your pet.

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