Tropical Depression Nine formed in the Caribbean early Friday morning and is expected to become a tropical storm soon. Two other disturbances in the Atlantic have the potential to develop, as well.
Whilebarrels toward Canada and meanders the northern Atlantic, Tropical Depression Nine is moving through the central Caribbean and will remain on a westward track through Saturday, then turn toward the northwest.
Hurricane Hunters will be gathering information on this system today.
The depression is forecast to become a tropical storm later today or tonight, then a hurricane early next week. The National Hurricane Center expects the hurricane to rapidly intensify, possibly reachingby next Wednesday as it nears Florida.
Tropical-storm force winds may reach south Florida late Monday night or Tuesday morning and move up the peninsula after that. The center is forecast to arrive either late Tuesday or early Wednesday, based on current expectations. However, any shift in the track would affect that timing..
Floridians should closely monitor updates on this system as Spectrum News meteorologists monitor the situation. Uncertainty remains on the details of who will see what, but will become clearer with time.
It’s still far too early to determine where exactly this system will end up, but computer forecast guidance shows a general path across the Caribbean, then turning across western Cuba and toward Florida.
Heavy rain will be likely over the ABC Islands as the system passes by. In the coming days, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands will see heavy rain and gusty winds spread in.
Spaghetti models or plots show a series of individual computer forecast models together on one map. They are useful to give insight into whether multiple models are in agreement on the path of the storm but they do not address the storm’s forecast intensity, winds, flooding and storm surge potential or other data.
Anear the west coast of Africa has a high chance to develop.
Conditions will be favorable for development now that it is offshore in the far eastern Atlantic, and it could become a tropical depression within the next couple of days as it moves north off the west coast of Africa.
Lastly, an area well southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands has a low chance of developement over the next few days. Slow development is possible over the next five days as it into the central Atlantic.
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