MIAMIA – Governor Ron DeSantis on Friday issued a state of emergency for 24 Florida counties, including Broward and Miami-Dade, amid forecast models showing Tropical Depression Nine could affect some parts of the state.
If the storm becomes a named storm, it would be Hurricane Ian after Hermine was hit Friday night by a new tropical storm that formed off the coast of Africa.
- TD 9 will be a hurricane on Friday evening
- Florida is in the cone, but the exact location is still unknown
- Gov. DeSantis issues a state of emergency for 24 counties, including Broward and Miami-Dade.
- Hurricane Fiona expected to hit Canada
- TBEN Miami Hurricane Guide
- Following the tropics
“This storm has the potential to become a major hurricane and we encourage all Florida residents to prepare,” Desantis said in a written statement. “We are coordinating with all state and local government partners to monitor the potential impact of this storm.”
The counties under supervision are: Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lee, Manatee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and St Lucie.
According to the National Hurricane Center’s advice at 11 a.m., the storm was about 800 kilometers east-southeast of Jamaica and about 1,000 kilometers southeast of Havana.
The storm currently has winds of 35 miles per hour and moved slowly west-northwest at 14 miles, the hurricane center said.
The National Hurricane Center said the storm is likely to intensify and could become Tropical Storm Hermine sometime Friday and reach hurricane strength early next week.
It was not immediately clear where the storm would strike and with what force.
As of the 8am advisory, Hurricane Fiona is moving away from Bermuda after passing just northwest of it. The powerful Category 3 hurricane has sustained winds of 125 mph as it moves north-northeast at 40 mph.
On the predicted track, Fiona’s center will approach Nova Scotia on Friday, cross Nova Scotia and the Gulf of St. Lawrence on Saturday, and then cross Labrador across the Labrador Sea on Sunday.
A hurricane warning is in effect for Nova Scotia from Hubbards to Brule, Prince Edward Island, Isle-de-la-Madeleine and Newfoundland from Parson’s Pond to Francois.
Tropical storm warnings have been posted for Bermuda, St. Andrews, New Brunswick west of Hubbards, Nova Scotia; west of Brule, Nova Scotia to Cap Madeleine, Quebec; Anticosti Island; Sheldrake Quebec north of Parson’s Pond, Newfoundland; Boat Harbor to Hare Bay, Newfoundland; and Francois to St. Lawrence, Newfoundland.
Tropical Storm Gaston is expected to make a southeast turn on Friday.
As of 8 a.m., the center was about 235 miles northwest of Faial Island in the central Azores. It was moving east-southeast at 7 mph with sustained winds of 60 mph.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for parts of the central and western Azores.