Hurricane Ian Draws Closer to Cuba as Central Florida Prepares for Impact Early Thursday

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – National Hurricane Center is continuing to closely monitor Hurricane Ian as it prepares to make landfall on Cuba tonight.

As of 2 p.m., the category 1 hurricane is still projected to become a major hurricane after passing over Cuba and enters the Gulf. Projections by the National Hurricane Center show the system is slightly trending east and could be a direct strike on Tampa.

For Brevard County, the system could bring significant rainfall accumulations in the amount of 4-6 inches of rain. Some areas in Brevard County could see as much as 6-10 inches.

Ian is moving toward the north-northwest near 13 mph and carrying 85 mph max sustained winds.

A turn toward the north with a slightly slower forward speed is expected on Tuesday. A turn toward the north-northeast with a further reduction in forward speed is forecast on Wednesday.

On the forecast track, the center of Ian is expected to move near or over western Cuba tonight and early Tuesday.

Ian will then emerge over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, pass west of the Florida Keys late Tuesday, and approach the west coast of Florida on Wednesday into Thursday.

Rapid strengthening is expected during the next day or so, and Ian is forecast to become a major hurricane tonight or early Tuesday when it is near western Cuba and remain a major hurricane over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles.

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