Tropical Storm Ian is forming up in the Caribbean….
Uncertainty remains over exactly where in Florida Ian will strike, with a range of possibilities still on the table. There are some indications that it could make a more dramatic north and northeast turn before a landfall somewhere near Tampa, while other computer models simulate a northward movement and eventual stall before a landfall near the Panhandle.
The resulting forecast challenges mean it’s impossible to say how strong Ian will be when it makes landfall stateside, but the above-average warmth of ocean waters in the eastern Gulf of Mexico is a definite red flag for forecasters worried about a serious impact….
The Tampa Bay area on Saturday remained in the potential path of Tropical Storm Ian.