Ian is feeling strongly towards the Central Caribbean and Hermione in the Canary Islands

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Miami, September 24 Tropical Storm Ian, which could hit the coast of Florida this week as a strong hurricane, is advancing towards the central Caribbean this Saturday with the forecast of strengthening, while Hermione continues its path north and heavy rains in the Canaries Islands (Spain) is left behind.

The 12:00 GMT Bulletin from the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) reports that Ian’s maximum sustained winds will reach 45 miles per hour (75 km/h), with stronger gusts, and that it is expected to become a hurricane this afternoon or Sunday Night.

Ian is 300 miles (485 km) from the Jamaican capital of Kingston and 570 miles (915 km) from the Cayman Islands, and is moving west-southwest at a speed of 24 km/h (15 miles per hour), with the maximum Wind withstands 45 miles (75 km/h).

The NHC forecast has the center of Ian moving through the central Caribbean Sea today, passing southwest of Jamaica on Sunday and near or over the Cayman Islands by Sunday evening and early Monday.

According to the Miami-based agency’s forecast, Ian will approach western Cuba on Monday.

Tropical storm winds extend up to 75 km from the center of the system.

Hurricane conditions are possible in the Cayman Islands through early Monday, with tropical storm conditions through Sunday night.

Tropical storm conditions may be felt in Jamaica on Sunday.

Ian is expected to drop 2 to 4 inches of rain in southern Haiti and the southern Dominican Republic with a local maximum of up to 6 inches, while 4 to 8 inches will be collected in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands with a local maximum of up to 12 inches .

From west to central Cuba, 6 to 10 inches can be recorded, with a local maximum of up to 14 inches.

These rains can cause flash flooding and mudslides in highland areas, particularly over Jamaica and Cuba.

Heavy rains with possible flooding could begin Monday in the Florida Keys and in the south of this US state.


Across the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Hermine will leave heavy rains in the Atlantic archipelago of the Canary Islands (Spain) in north-west Africa.

The NHC forecast says Hermione will bring heavy rains to the Canary Islands over the weekend, which may be accompanied by flash flooding in high-altitude areas.

Hermione was 360 miles (575 km) northeast of the Cape Verde Islands at 8:00 GMT, moving north with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 km/h).

The tropical storm is moving near 17 km/h (10 miles per hour) and this movement is expected to continue through tonight before turning northeast late Sunday.

The prognosis is that it will start to weaken tonight.


Fiona, on the other hand, which has been progressively declining, is 200 miles (340 km) northeast of Halifa, the capital of Canada’s Nova Scotia province, and is moving with maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour (140 km/h) .

The forecast is for Fiona’s center to move across the Gulf of St. Lawrence today and the Labrador Sea on Sunday.

Although a gradual weakening is forecast over a few days, Fiona is expected to sustain gale force winds through this afternoon.

Finally, Tropical Storm Gastón is located 80 miles (130 km) west of Faial Island in the Atlantic Azores archipelago and is advancing with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (85 km/h).

A gradual weakening is forecast for the coming days. EFE


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