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Tropical Storm Ian is currently located in the central Caribbean Sea this afternoon with wind speeds of 45 MPH moving west at 15 MPH. Ian is expected to continue this western movement through the rest of today before beginning to turn towards the northwest tomorrow.

Environmental conditions are starting to become more conducive for development, and by tomorrow evening, rapid intensification is expected to occur due to warm, deep water in the Caribbean Sea in addition to low wind shear.

Since yesterday's alert, Ian's track has shifted more the west, with the cone now including areas of the Florida Panhandle. The latest projections released by the National Hurricane Center still show Tropical Storm Ian making landfall along the Florida Gulf coast as either a hurricane or major hurricane next week, however Ian's path and intensity are expected to continue to shift prior to landfall.

Rideout teams are currently being pre-staged for possible deployment on Monday/Tuesday. The SynergyNDS Operations Center will be activating Monday morning.
 
FMIT Member:
2:45 PM EDT Saturday, September 24, 2022
 
FMIT Discussion:
  • Tropical Storm Ian is currently located in the central Caribbean Sea this afternoon with wind speeds of 45 MPH moving west at 15 MPH.
  • Ian is expected to continue this western movement through the rest of today before beginning to turn towards the northwest tomorrow.
  • Environmental conditions are starting to become more conducive for development, and by tomorrow evening, rapid intensification is expected to occur due to warm, deep water in the Caribbean Sea in addition to low wind shear.
  • Since yesterday's alert, Ian's track has shifted more the west, with the cone now including areas of the Florida Panhandle.
  • Over the weekend, environmental conditions are expected to become much more conducive for development due to warm, deep water in the Caribbean Sea in addition to low wind shear.
  • Due to these favorable conditions, rapid intensification could be possible for the system during this period of time.
  • The latest projections released by the National Hurricane Center still show Tropical Storm Ian making landfall along the Florida Gulf coast as a hurricane or major hurricane next week, however Ian's path and intensity are expected to continue to shift prior to landfall.
FMIT Member Preparedness Actions:
  • Rideout teams are currently being pre-staged for possible deployment on Monday/Tuesday.
  • The SynergyNDS Operations Center will be activating Monday morning.
  • Members should continue to monitor the storm system as well as FMIT Alerts and local/national weather forecasts.
  • Please report all damages to buildings and other property to FMIT using one of the following options below:
Damage Reporting Options:
  • Call 844.FMIT.CAT (844.364.8228) to report any losses to your insured property and activate the FMIT Turnkey Recovery program for immediate response to any property losses you may have incurred. Also:
  • Go online: http://insurance.flcities.com and login to your account and submit your loss notice(s). FMIT and Synergy are immediately notified of your loss submittal.
  • County Emergency Managers List - For additional contact information about your county, please Click Here.
Latest From The National Hurricane Center:
"At 200 PM EDT (1800 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Ian was 
located near latitude 14.2 North, longitude 75.8 West. Ian is moving 
toward the west near 16 mph (26 km/h), and this general motion is 
expected to continue through tonight. A turn toward the northwest is 
forecast on Sunday, followed by a north-northwestward turn on Monday 
and a northward motion on Tuesday. On the forecast track, the center 
of Ian is forecast to pass southwest of Jamaica on Sunday, and pass 
near the Cayman Islands Sunday night and early Monday. Ian will then 
approach western Cuba late Monday and emerge over the southeastern 
Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher
gusts. Significant strengthening is forecast during the next few
days. Ian is expected to become a hurricane late Sunday or Sunday
night and could be at or near major hurricane strength late Monday
when it approaches western Cuba.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1003 mb (29.62 inches)."
 
Storm Imagery (Courtesy https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ & https://www.myfoxhurricane.com/):