Tropical Storm Ian formed late Friday night and continues to track towards the west steadily. Maximum winds are still sustained at 50 miles per hour, keeping it at tropical storm strength. Ian is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane late Sunday night into early Monday morning as it moves over the Caribbean.

The latest data from the National Hurricane Center has Ian strengthening to a major hurricane over the Gulf of Mexico before making landfall in the United States. It’s important to note there is a cone of uncertainty from the National Hurricane Center. The center of the storm could pass anywhere within that cone, even though the icons are located in the middle of the cone.

The exact track of Ian remains uncertain at this time, the latest model trends have started to shift the track further west. Landfall could potentially be on the southwest coast of Flordia to further north along the Big Bend of Florida. This is something the Weather Authority will continue to monitor closely, if it shifts west we could see rain chances increase by Friday and next weekend.

It’s important to keep checking back as we update you on the latest computer data.