NHC forecasts Tropical Storm Ian will hit Florida as a Category 3 hurricane

Tropical depression forms, forecast to become hurricane on way to Florida

Track Tropical Storm Ian’s path as it takes aim at South Florida.

The storm in the central Caribbean Sea had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.

Tropical Depression Nine formed at 5 a.m. Friday and strengthened at 11 p.m. into Tropical Storm Ian, the National Hurricane Center.

Tropical Storm Ian is set to take aim at South Florida as a hurricane as early as Wednesday.

Ian was around 385 miles southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, and was moving west-northwest at 12 mph, the hurricane center said.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for 24 counties Friday due to the threat, when it was still a tropical depression.

A depression is a tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 38 mph or less

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Cayman Islands,  Jamaica