Hurricane Ian will hit Florida as a major storm, forecasters say

Hurricane Ian's center is approaching western Cuba and the storm is expected to move toward Florida, triggering a series of alerts and flood warnings. This satellite image was captured shortly after 2 p.m. ET Monday. 

Ian had maximum sustained winds of 85 mph as of 2 p.m. ET Monday — but it will rapidly intensify into a major storm

Developing wind speeds over 110 mph as it moves toward western Cuba, forecasters say 

Ian is currently around 120 miles west-northwest of Grand Cayman, moving northwest at 13 mph, the NHC said in its 2 p.m advisory. 

Over the next 48 hours, the storm is expected to shift course toward the north and northeast 

and the timing of those moves will likely determine where it makes landfall on the U.S. mainland.