While Tropical Storm Ian official formed late Friday evening in the Caribbean Sea, Florida should be prepared for a potentially major hurricane by midweek.
The tropical storm was located about 385 miles southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, according to the 11 p.m. Friday advisory from the National Hurricane Center, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. Ian is moving west-northwest at 12 mph.
Forecasters expect the storm to move near or over western Cuba as a strengthening hurricane. After passing the island, Florida is next — Ian could be at or near major hurricane strength early Tuesday morning, with maximum sustained winds of 111 mph or greater.