Storm is getting a little more organized over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico.
At 11pm, the center of Tropical Depression Nine is about 240 miles west of Key West, Florida, latitude 23.9 north, longitude 85.5 west. The depression is moving toward the west near 7 mph. A turn toward the west-northwest is expected later tonight. A turn toward northwest and north-northwest is expected Tuesday and Tuesday night, followed by a turn toward the north-northeast on Wednesday.
On the forecast track, the center of the depression will continue to move slowly away from western Cuba, and move into the eastern Gulf of Mexico over the next 48 hours.
Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm on Tuesday.
The forecast track has the storm coming up from the Gulf of Mexico and moving close to the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry later this week. The storm impacts could be felt mainly from Wednesday through Friday. These impacts include heavy downpours, gusty thunderstorms and rough surf. There is, however, a lot of uncertainty with this storm system. The forecast track and strength could definitely change, so please stay tuned to STORM TEAM 3 for the latest updates.