Fiona, Gaston, Hermine and Ian
Added : Saturday at 8:30
After so many weeks without much to report, there is currently no less than four named storms across the Tropical Atlantic.
Post-Tropical Cyclone Fiona is currently affecting Atlantic Canada with storm force winds and heavy rain and associated storm surge. Hurricane force winds are affecting eastern Nova Scotia and Fiona is expected to remain pretty powerful over the weekend although slowly weakening as she continues to head north:
We then have Tropical Storm Gaston who is impacting the Azores today with gusty winds and some heavy rain. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Hermine is bringing some heavy rain to the Canary Islands today but both of these features are expected to weaken over the weekend:
This leaves Tropical Storm Ian as our main concern as we head into next week. Ian is presently located some 350 miles south/southeast of Jamaica in the Caribbean and will be drifting west/northwest over the next couple of days before turning towards the northwest and then north/northwest later in the weekend.
Ian is expected to strengthen in the process and is expected to attain hurricane status on Sunday:
Ian could then impact Cuba on Monday bringing hurricane conditions to part of the country before heading further north and strengthening further over the warm seas of the Gulf of Mexico:
Interests in Florida and the Florida Keys should monitor developments associated with Ian very closely over the coming days with the potential for the storm to affect parts of the peninsula as a major hurricane by the middle of next week: