ORLANDO, Fla. – Tropical Depression 9 formed in the Caribbean Sea early Friday morning and forecasters say it could strengthen into our next Storm Hermine with potential impacts on Florida.
The system is located east-southeast of Kingston Jamaica and has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.
“Only a slow intensification is forecast in the coming days, followed by a more significant intensification over the weekend and early next week,” the National Hurricane Center said. Tropical Depression Nine is expected to be sent to the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida peninsula by mid-next week.
Current models show the system strengthening into Category 1 Hurricane Hermine early Monday. On Wednesday, the models show it will become a Category 2 hurricane over Cuba before moving towards Florida on Wednesday.Read:House Democrats strike a deal to fund police
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While it’s too early to know exactly where this system is headed, there is certainly a growing threat of a powerful hurricane hitting the US around the middle of next week. The FOX 35 Storm Team will monitor this every step of the way to keep you informed.
Check out Chief Meteorologist Jayme King’s forecast below:
If the system makes landfall in Florida as a hurricane, it would be the second time a hurricane named Hermine would hit the state. In 2016, Hurricane Hermine made landfall east of St. Marks, Florida. At the time, Hermine was the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida since Wilma on October 24, 2005.Read:NYC is marking Banned Books Week. See which ones you’ve read.
Meanwhile, the FOX 35 Storm Team is also tracking several other systems in the Atlantic.
Fiona is currently northwest of Bermuda and has weakened a bit with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph. The system brings hurricane conditions to the island.
“On its predicted trajectory, Fiona’s center will move to northwestern Bermuda in the next few hours,” the NHC said. “Fiona’s center will then approach Nova Scotia later in the day, cross Nova Scotia and the Gulf of St. Lawrence on Saturday, and then cross the Sea of Labrador on Sunday.”
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A slight weakening is forecast for Friday, but Fiona is expected to be a large and powerful post-tropical cyclone with hurricane strength as it approaches Nova Scotia and crosses Friday and Saturday.
Fiona creates rough surf along the east coast of the US Surfers and swimmers on Florida’s beaches need to be careful.Read:Man admits fatally striking 18-year-old with vehicle after ‘political argument,’ police say
TROPICAL STORM GASTON
Gaston is expected to turn southeast on Friday with tropical storm conditions hitting the westernmost Azores islands. The storm has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph.
The NHC says the center of Gaston will move near or over parts of the Azores from Friday to early Saturday. A gradual weakening is expected in the coming days.
A broad low pressure area, approximately between the Cape Verde islands in the east and the west coast of Africa, provides a large area with showers and thunderstorms. Forecasters say a tropical depression is likely to form this weekend as the system moves north. The development chances are 70 percent in the next five days.
Another low pressure area is located a few hundred kilometers west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands. Slow development of this system remains possible in the coming days as it drifts northwest or north across the central tropical Atlantic Ocean. As of Friday, the chance of development is 30 percent.