While the direct impact of Hurricane Ian will not be in the southern part of Florida, the region is expecting numerous weather hazards such as hurricane and tropical storm force winds, major rainfall, the potential for flooding and tornadoes.
As of this morning, the National Weather Service have put a tornado watch into effect for Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties:
The tornado watch will last until 5 p.m. today. As per weather forecasts, Ian is expected to pass west of the Florida Keys during the day and reach the west coast of Florida on Wednesday into Thursday.
NWS has also issued a flood watch for South Florida through Thursday, and a tropical storm watch is in effect for Palm Beach county and inland portions of Broward and Miami-Dade.
Under a tornado watch, NWS officials recommend being prepared to act quickly if a warning is issued or if a tornado is approaching. Additionally, make sure to review and discuss your emergency plans and check supplies as well as your safe room. For more information about staying safe, make sure to check the NWS website here.