Storm Team 3 has been monitoring a tropical wave since last week that is now known as Tropical Depression 9. Winds are just shy of tropical storm strength, coming in at 35 mph this morning.
It is now entering the southeastern Gulf of Mexico where it will likely strengthen and become a tropical storm later today or early Tuesday. Tropical Depression 8 is sitting off the coast of the Carolinas and is also expected to strengthen. Whichever becomes a tropical storm first will get the H name (Hermine) and the one that strengthens second will get the I name (Ian).
Tropical Depression 9 is roughly 155 miles west-southwest of Key West, moving west at 9 mph. Initially, it will turn toward the west-northwest, moving fairly slowly for a few days, before potentially turning northeast with a track that would take the storm off the Georgia Coast by Friday. The track and intensity still remain uncertain as this is still more than several days away and still too early to call. An impact on our area is not out of the question, so stay with us as we continue to update our forecast.