A storm now traveling across the Caribbean might make landfall in Florida as a hurricane early next week
Tropical Depression 9 was upgraded to Tropical Storm Ian late Friday night, according to state officials
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in the United States announced late Friday night that Tropical Storm Ian was located 385 miles southeast of Kingston
The National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Ian was forecast to hit the Florida Keys and South Florida on Monday, bringing "heavy rains and possibly flash flooding."
Earlier in the day, DeSantis issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency in 24 Florida counties that could be in the path of the hurricane
"This storm has the potential to intensify into a catastrophic hurricane, and we urge all Floridians to prepare," DeSantis said in a statement
The storm is also endangering a possible launch of NASA's Artemis 1 moon rocket from the Kennedy Space Center, according to the agency on Friday