Tropical Depression 9 Forms, Set To Become Major Gulf Storm

The storm the Gulf Coast was watching this week, Invest 98L, has officially become Tropical Depression 9 and is heading straight for the Gulf of Mexico.

In its update Friday morning, the National Hurricane Center said the storm is beginning to organize and most models have it heading northeast.

About the NHC update:

The depression is moving west-northwest at a rate of approximately 22 km/h. Westward movement is expected to begin later today and continue through Saturday, followed by west-northwest and northwest turns Sunday and Monday. On the forecast route, the center of the cyclone is expected to hover over the central Caribbean Sea by Saturday, pass south of Jamaica Saturday night and Sunday, and approach the Cayman Islands Sunday night and Monday morning.

Maximum sustained winds are 55 km/h (35 mph) with stronger gusts. Slow strengthening is forecast for the next day or so and the low is expected to become a tropical storm by tonight. A clearer tightening is forecast for Sunday and Monday.

There are currently two tropical depressions. Tropical Depression 9, just off the coast of Africa, has been developing rapidly, and there has been some speculation that it could become a named storm before TD9, which itself looks set to become a major storm before making landfall in Florida .

Intense winds and rain will batter both western Cuba and southwest Florida, according to NHC forecasts.

Most models cluster along this projected path, although some stray it more toward the Florida panhandle. Most models agree that a well-timed front will push it away from Louisiana and keep the storm’s most likely path right at the Sunshine State.

If TD9 becomes the next named storm, it will be Tropical Storm Hermione. It’s the only storm currently threatening the Gulf of Mexico, but there’s another Atlantic disturbance that may be heading our way.

Invest 99L currently has a projected path that should take it north, but it’s still very early to be sure.

Hurricane preparation, what haven’t you thought of?

As word spreads that a hurricane could be threatening the Gulf Coast, we consider what it takes to make life bearable when we’re stuck at home with no power or internet.

In addition to this comfort, we must also think of the many things that we would have to take with us if we were forced to evacuate.

While we all immediately think of things like prescription medication and important papers, there are other things that can come in handy whether we’re stuck at home, a relative’s house, or an emergency shelter.

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