Tropical Depression 9 in the Gulf

Forecast Cone TD 9
Forecast Cone TD 9

Tropical Depression 9 is in the Gulf. It formed from the disturbance that was in the southern Bahamas in the last 2 days. In is off of the northwest coast of Cuba and will move farther into the Gulf and then likely become a minimal tropical storm tomorrow.

Because there is Tropical Depression 8 between the Carolinas and Bermuda, whichever becomes a tropical storm first would get the next name on the list. The next name is Hermine and that name is followed by Ian.

Whatever name TD 9 gets, it will most likely turn north and then northeastward in the Gulf. When it turns controls how long it takes before landfall and how close it may get to the News 5 area. On the current track, we should have little problem here in the News 5 area, beyond dangerous surf and rip currents. It’s a system we still need to watch.

Right now, landfall could be anywhere from central Florida to the Florida Panhandle. Most of the week will give us a northeast wind. We’ll still keep afternoon thunderstorms over about a quarter of the area, with high temperatures in the lower 90s. Nights will be calmer with lows in the middle 70s.

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