The southeastern Caribbean saw the formation of Tropical Depression Nine overnight on Friday. It is headed for Florida next week and poses a hurricane threat.
At 5 a.m. on Friday, the system was about 600 miles east-southeast of Jamaica and had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph, with greater gusts. According to the National Hurricane Center, it is traveling at a 13 mph west-northwesterly direction.
The Florida Public Radio Emergency Network’s Megan Borowski opined that it is still too early to predict the storm’s long-term course.
The weak thunderstorm cluster known as “Tropical Depression Nine” is located south of Hispaniola and north of the Venezuelan coast, according to Borowski. “Only gradual intensification is anticipated over the coming days, but by next week, as the system approaches the western Caribbean Sea and the southern Gulf of Mexico, it may accelerate its development.
Beyond the upcoming weekend and its approach to the southern Gulf, it is far too early to predict what will happen.
The hurricane center predicts that the depression will develop into a tropical storm this weekend and might make landfall as Hurricane Hermine, a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, on Tuesday.