Orlando, Fla. , Tropical Depression 9 formed in the Caribbean Sea on Friday morning and forecasters say it could strengthen into our next named Hurricane Hermione, with potential impacts to Florida.
The system is located east-southeast of Kingston Jamaica packing maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.
“Only a slow intensification is forecast over the next day, followed by more intensity over the weekend and early next week,” the National Hurricane Center said. Tropical Depression Nine is predicted to move toward the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Peninsula by the middle of next week.
Current models show the system strengthening into Category 1 Hurricane Hermione early Monday. As of Wednesday, models show it became a Category 2 hurricane over Cuba before moving toward Florida on Wednesday.
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While it is still too early to know where this system is headed, there is certainly an increasing risk of a powerful hurricane hitting the US mid-next week. The FOX 35 Storm team will follow you through every step of the way to keep you updated.
See Chief Meteorologist Jayme King’s forecast below:
If the system makes landfall in Florida as a hurricane, it will be the second time a hurricane named Hermine has hit the state. In 2016, Hurricane Hermione made landfall east of St. Marks, Florida. At the time, Hermine was the first hurricane to make landfall in 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 slightly with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph. This system brought hurricane status to the island.
“On the forecast track, the center of Fiona will move northwest of Bermuda during the next few hours,” the NHC said. “The center of Fiona will approach Nova Scotia later today, move across Nova Scotia and the Gulf of St. Lawrence on Saturday, and then across Labrador over the Labrador Sea on Sunday.”
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Some weakening is predicted on Friday, although Fiona is forecast to be a large and powerful north-tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds when it approaches and moves past Nova Scotia on Friday and Saturday. .
Fiona is making rough surf along the east coast of the US surfers and swimmers on Florida beaches should be cautious.
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Gaston is expected to turn to the southeast on Friday, with tropical storm status affecting the western Azores Islands. The storm is packing maximum sustained winds of 60 mph.
The NHC says the center of Gaston will move near or over parts of the Azores on Friday through early Saturday. A gradual weakening is expected over the next few days.
A broad area of low pressure, located roughly between the Cabo Verde islands to the east and the west coast of Africa, is producing a large area of rain and thunder. Forecasters say it is likely to become a tropical depression by the end of this week while the system continues to move north. The growth potential is 80 per cent in the next five days.
Another area of low pressure is located several hundred miles to the west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. Some slow development of this system is possible over the next several days as it flows northwest or north over the mid-tropical Atlantic. As of Friday, the growth prospect is 30 percent.