TD9 forms, could hit Florida next week as Hurricane Hermine

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

In its 5 a.m. update, the National Hurricane Center said the storm is moving west-northwest at a speed of 13 mph. Experts expect it to move more west the next day before turning west-northwest and then northwest again over the weekend.

“The system had already had well-defined circulation for the past 12 to 18 hours, but it wasn’t until overnight that the ongoing convective activity near the center could last long enough to be considered a tropical cyclone. NHC hurricane specialist Phillipe said. dad.

Maximum sustained wind speeds are nearly 35 mph with higher gusts. There will be a slow intensification over the weekend that is expected to become Tropical Storm Hermine later in the day and grow to hurricane strength by Monday morning with the center south of Cuba near the Cayman Islands and Jamaica.

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

“There is still a healthy amount of uncertainty in the orbit forecast on the timeframe of Days 4-5,” Papin said.

There are no coast guards or warnings at this time.

Tropical Depression Nine is likely to lead to heavy rainfall, flash flooding and possible mudslides in Aruba, Bonaire and CuraƧao, with heavy rainfall in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands in the coming days.

An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance flight will examine the system later this morning.

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