Why Philadelphia should follow soon-to-be-named Tropical Storm Ian in the Caribbean

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PHILADELPHIA (TAUT) — We are at the peak of hurricane season, and there are currently four named systems and an additional area of ​​interest in the Atlantic Ocean. The Delaware Valley needs to keep a close eye on one of these systems, Tropical Depression Nine in the Caribbean. It is expected to intensify and transition into Tropical Storm Ian by Saturday.

Ian’s path will lead it to Cuba, where it could make landfall Monday as a hurricane, before entering the Gulf of Mexico where extremely warm waters will strengthen in the upper 80s and low 90s into a possible major Category 3 storm strength and winds between 111-129 mph.

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A second landfall is possible by Wednesday in the Gulf of Mexico, where Florida’s south and west coasts are currently centered on the track.

It’s after Wednesday that the storm could take several tracks hitting us in the Delaware Valley with remnants of tropical rains as early as Friday.

Recall that it was the very heavy rainfall from Hurricane Ida during Labor Day 2021 that caused catastrophic and historic flooding in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas.

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It is advised for all of Southeast Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware to stay on top of the track and development of this storm as we drive through next week. We will have regular updates here and will be streaming at CBSPhiladelphia.com.

Elsewhere, we saw how Category 4 Hurricane Fiona devastated Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Bermuda. Now the powerful hurricane is headed for the Canadian Maritimes, where it will make landfall as possibly the most intense tropical cyclone in Canadian history.

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Gaston is a tropical storm encircling the Azores Islands in the north-central Atlantic Ocean and is expected to weaken and dissipate early next week.

Tropical Storm Hermine formed off the coast of Africa Friday evening and is expected to be short-lived.

An additional focus area is in the Eastern Atlantic and will be monitored for potential development.

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