Orlando, Florida. – Tropical Depression 9 formed in the Caribbean early Friday morning and forecasters say it could strengthen into the next Storm Hermine with potential impacts on Florida.
The system is located between east and southeast of Kingston, Jamaica and has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.
“Only slow intensification is expected over the next day or so, followed by more significant intensification over the weekend and early next week,” the National Hurricane Center said. Tropical depression expected to move toward the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida peninsula by the middle of next week.
Existing models show the system strengthening into a Category 1 hurricane early Monday. By Wednesday, models show it has become a Category 2 hurricane over Cuba before heading toward Florida on Wednesday.
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While it is still too early to know exactly where this system is headed, there is certainly a growing threat of a powerful hurricane to affect the United States in the middle of next week. The FOX 35 Storm team will follow this every step of the way to keep you updated.
Watch chief meteorologist Jamie King’s forecast below:
If the system had reached Florida as a hurricane, it would be the second time a hurricane named Hermine had affected the state. In 2016, Hurricane Hermine made landfall east of St. Marks, Florida. At the time, Hermine was the first hurricane to reach Florida since Wilma on October 24, 2005.
Meanwhile, the FOX 35 Storm team is also tracking several other systems in the Atlantic.
Fiona is moving away from Bermuda and has weakened a bit with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph. The system brought hurricane conditions to the island.
“On the forecast track, Fiona’s center will pass northwest of Bermuda over the next few hours,” the NHC said. The Fiona Center will then approach Nova Scotia later today, transit through Nova Scotia to the Gulf of St. Lawrence on Saturday, and then cross Labrador over the Labrador Sea on Sunday.
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Some slight weakness is expected on Friday, but Fiona is expected to be a large and strong tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds as it approaches and moves over Nova Scotia on Friday and Saturday.
Fiona creates rough waves along the east coast for US surfers and swimmers in Florida beaches should be careful.
Tropical Storm Gaston
Gaston is expected to turn southeast on Friday with tropical storm conditions affecting the Azores in the far west of the country. The storm packs maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour.
The NHC says the Gaston Center will relocate near or over parts of the Azores on Friday through early Saturday. A gradual weakening is expected over the next few days.
A wide area of low pressure, located roughly between the islands of Cabo Verde to the east and the west coast of Africa, produces a large area of rain and thunderstorms. Forecasters say a tropical depression is likely to form by the end of this week as the system moves north. The chances of development are 80 percent over the next five days.
Another area of low pressure lies several hundred miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. Some slow evolution of this system is still possible over the next several days as it drifts northwest or north over the tropical mid-Atlantic. As of Friday, development chances are 30 percent.