Tropical Depression Nine formed in the Caribbean on Friday with a path that could bring it to Florida next week as Hurricane Hermine. 

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At 5 a.m. update, the National Hurricane Center said the storm is moving west-northwest at 13 mph. Experts expect it will move more westward over the next day

There will be a slow intensification over the weekend projected to become Tropical Storm Hermine later today and grow into hurricane strength by Monday morning

“We are watching the path, still not quite clear-cut, but it is aiming in the general direction of Florida sometime next week,” said Spectrum News 13 meteorologist Bryan Karrick 

Already in Central Florida, the Seminole County Office of Emergency Management has started its sandbag service and are preparing shelters in the event they’re needed 

The five-day path has it hooking north by Tuesday over Cuba and then parked off Florida’s southwest coast as a Category 2 hurricane with 110 mph winds and gusts of 130 mph by Wednesday morning 

“There is still a healthy amount of uncertainty in the track forecast at the day 4-5 timeframe,” Papin said 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration updated its season prediction that 2022 would still be above-average with 14 to 21 named storms, though not a single named storm formed in August