Riviera Maya, Q.R. — A tropical system that has been monitored by Quintana Roo Civil Protection for a few days is off its radar. As of Friday morning, the system, which has developed into Tropical Depression Nine, has a set trajectory for the U.S. mainland.
According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, the system developed overnight into a tropical depression and is currently passing to the north of Curacao island.
Over the next 48 hours, Tropical Depression Nine is expected to develop further in to Ian as it moves westward over the warm waters of the northwestern Caribbean. By late Friday, Nine is expected develop into Ian as it continues on its path westward.
Land interaction with Cuba is expected early Tuesday morning when, according to the NOAA, after the storm gains hurricane status likely Monday.
At the moment, the system is not expected to affect the Mexican coast as it makes its way toward the U.S. Current forecasts have the system reaching Florida likely as a category 2 hurricane by early Wednesday morning.