- The National Hurricane Center said the system is expected to hit Cuba early Tuesday as a hurricane and then hit Florida early Wednesday.
- In Florida, there is “the potential for significant effects from storm surge, hurricane-force winds and heavy rainfall.”
- Floridians must remain vigilant and ensure their households are prepared for a potential impact.
Tropical Depression Nine formed in the eastern Caribbean Sea early Friday and forecasts show it will strengthen into a major Category 3 hurricane as it potentially approaches Florida by the middle of next week.
It would be the first hurricane to hit the US mainland this year.
The National Hurricane Center said the system is expected to hit Cuba early Tuesday as a hurricane and then hit Florida early Wednesday. The NHC added that residents of Cuba, the Florida Keys and the Florida Peninsula should have hurricane plans in place, although it is “too early to determine the exact size and location” that the hurricane will hit.
“If the system lands in the Gulf of Mexico, which appears to be one of the most likely scenarios right now, areas from the Florida Peninsula to the Florida Panhandle are at risk of a direct attack from a strong hurricane,” AccuWeather said. chief. On-Air Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said.
Where is Tropical Depression Nine now?
As of 11 a.m. EDT, the depression was about 815 miles east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica. It had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and moved at 14 mph.
A depression is called a tropical storm when sustained winds reach 39 mph. It will turn into a hurricane once winds reach 74 mph.
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Where is Tropical Depression Nine headed?
The Hurricane Center said Friday: “On the projected track, the center of the cyclone is predicted to move across the central Caribbean Sea through Saturday, passing south of Jamaica Saturday evening and Sunday and approaching the Cayman Islands on Sunday evening and early morning hours.” Monday.”.
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How will the storm affect Florida?
Early next week, the system is forecast to move near or over western Cuba as a strengthening hurricane and then approach the Florida Peninsula at or near high hurricane strength, with the potential for significant effects from storm surge, hurricane strength and heavy rainfall. , the hurricane center said.
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis tweeted Friday that “While the final track of TD9 is uncertain, Floridians should remain vigilant and ensure their households are prepared for a potential impact.”
Will Tropical Depression Nine be called Hermine or Ian?
It could be Hermine or Ian, depending on when the storm is called. There is another tropical depression just off the coast of Africa that is also expected to become a tropical storm soon. Whichever system becomes a tropical storm first will be Hermine, and the other will be named Ian.