(CMR) A hurricane warning is now in effect for the Cayman Islands as Tropical Storm Ian continues to move towards the islands. The Sister Islands of Little Cayman and Cayman Brac are now under a Tropical Storm Watch.
A hurricane warning indicates that hurricane conditions are expected within the specified area. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph), the hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm-force winds to allow for important preparation.
Cayman was previously under hurricane watch; however, the alert level has been changed with the storm getting closer.
Tropical Storm Ian was located about 270 miles south-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, as of 2 p.m. Saturday and moving west at 16 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Ian is expected to strengthen significantly in the next few days and could become a major hurricane over the eastern Gulf when it is approaching the west coast of Florida.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis expanded an emergency order from 24 counties to the whole state on Saturday.
“The Florida Division of Emergency Management, working together with the National Hurricane Center to evaluate weather predictions, has determined there is a continuing risk of dangerous storm surge, heavy rainfall, flash flooding, strong winds, hazardous seas, and isolated tornadic activity for Florida’s Peninsula and portions of the Florida Big Bend, North Florida, and Northeast Florida,” the order states.