Tropical Depression Nine Forms, Could Impact Florida Within Days – NBC 6 South Florida

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A tropical depression formed in the Caribbean Friday and was forecast to strengthen into a hurricane as South Florida was in the “cone of concern” and on guard for possible impacts in the coming days.

The area, Tropical Depression Nine, had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and was moving west-northwest at 14 mph about 1,000 miles southeast of Havana, Cuba, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Friday.

Slow intensification is forecast over the next day or so, followed by more significant intensification over the weekend and
early next week, with the system forecast to become a hurricane south of Cuba, the NHC said.

If it becomes a named system, it would be called Hermine.

National Hurricane Center forecasters said it will move west-northwestward before turning toward the northwest over the weekend.

Models are very consistent over the next five days, taking the developing storm across the Caribbean toward the southwestern coast of Cuba.

After that, models are not in good agreement and changes were expected but much of Florida remained in the cone of concern Friday.

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It remained way too soon to know what this system wants to do, but all of South Florida will need to monitor it in the coming days.

Even if the storm misses, South Florida could still be close enough for enhanced moisture on the east side of the system. At this point, Florida and the entire Gulf Coast will need to keep close tabs.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management said Friday that they were monitoring the system and urged residents to prepare.

“The Division is working closely with our federal, state and local partners to ensure we are prepared to provide assistance to impacted areas if Tropical Depression Nine makes landfall in Florida next week,” Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie said in a statement. “It is critical that Floridians remain vigilant and prepared – it only takes one storm to cause costly or irreversible damage to your home or business.”

Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava was expected to give a briefing on storm preparations Friday.

Tropical Depression Nine Forms, Could Impact Florida Within Days – NBC 6 South Florida

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