The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday that the depression is located 60 miles (100 kph) south of Key West and is moving west at about 9 mph.
The storm is a threat to entire Gulf Coast.
The storm that has Florida’s attention is Tropical Depression Nine.
It is expected to head into the Gulf of Mexico overnight. As of Monday morning, anticipated landfall for the storm is expected sometime on Thursday. The storm is expected to increase to tropical storm status by then.
The system will funnel heavy rain across much of central and southern Florida this week, which could lead to flash flooding.
Hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 35 miles (55 kilometers) from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 kilometers). According to an update from the National Hurricane Center, it has maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour and is travelling westward with a speed of 9 miles per hour.
Forecasters anticipate Tropical Depression Nine will gain tropical storm status at some point on Tuesday.
The forecast track brings the system somewhat close to the North Carolina coast on Tuesday, with a sharp right turn back into the open waters of the Atlantic before reaching the shore.
There are four tropical weather systems being monitored by the National Hurricane Center: Two depressions, Hurricane Gaston and an area of disturbed weather off the coast of Texas. Both it and Tropical Depression 8, in the Atlantic, could become tropical storms on Monday and their timing would determine which would be named Hermine and which would be named Ian.
Experts call the disturbance Tropical Depression Eight. Conditions are only marginally favorable for further development. It is now the strongest hurricane of the season. In fact, it accounts for about 78 percent of all tropical storm days on record. In addition, this period is responsible for “a whopping 96 percent of the major (Category 3, 4 and 5) hurricane days”.
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