Tropical Storm Ian is heading towards Florida and could become a major hurricane as Nasa plans to keep the Artemis rocket safe

TROPICAL Storm Ian sweeps through the Caribbean Sea, creating a risky situation for NASA.

The space agency has been tracking the storm since before it was named, as they continue to attempt to launch Artemis 1.

Tropical Storm Ian has the potential to become a major hurricane

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Tropical Storm Ian has the potential to become a major hurricaneCredit: AP
Nasa may move Artemis 1 to a hangar during the storm for safety reasons

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Nasa may move Artemis 1 to a hangar during the storm for safety reasonsCredit: AP

Now, Nasa has announced that the 32-story spacecraft may be heading towards a hangar to weather the storm.

The initial plan called for the rocket to be launched on Tuesday, September 27 from Kennedy Space Center on Florida’s Atlantic coast.

However, at a meeting on Saturday, the teams working on the project decided to scrap that plan in preparation for the rollback.

The group said it would make a decision on Sunday about whether it was necessary.

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There is a backup plan that is scheduled to start on October 2nd, but if there is a rollback, that would not be achievable either.

Two launches have already been attempted, but were aborted due to various problems.

The Weather Channel said Tropical Storm Ian has a strong chance of developing into a major hurricane.

Ian is likely to strengthen into a hurricane by Sunday night, according to the National Hurricane Center.

From Sunday night through Monday morning, the storm will approach Cuba, where it could strengthen into a Category 3 hurricane.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency that will make storm preparation resources more available across the state.

Hurricane Fiona has made its way through the Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic and will strike eastern Canada based on its current trajectory, AccuWeather previously reported.

Experts say to prepare for severe flooding, extreme gale force winds and unexpected storm surges.

The hurricane is expected to be strongest on Prince Edward Island, coastal Quebec and Nova Scotia, southeastern Labrador and western Newfoundland.

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