Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Friday warned Florida residents to prepare for the “impact” of the storm if a tropical depression forming in the southern Dominican Republic develops into a hurricane.
At around 11am Friday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) identified Tropical Depression 9 as potentially moving northwest around Jamaica in the coming days. Early next week, Tropical Depression 9 is expected to hit western Cuba and then is expected to hit Florida and parts of the Bahamas on Wednesday morning. DeSantis encourages Florida residents to “remain vigilant.”
“This morning Invest 98L strengthened to Tropical Depression Nine,” tweeted the governor. “While the eventual trail of #TD9 is uncertain, Florida residents must remain vigilant and ensure their households are prepared for potential impact. »
Tropical Depression 9 was the last potential storm to be monitored this week. The Weather Channel says a tropical depression will soon become a tropical storm. Tropical Depression 9 has the potential to develop into a major hurricane heading straight for Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. The Weather Channel has identified heavy rains as the main threat from the current storm. Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao can experience flash floods and landslides. Tropical Depression 9 is expected to be named Tropical Storm later Friday and will be called Hermine or Ian. Other systems developing in the eastern Atlantic may first develop into tropical storms.
A tropical depression is a storm with winds below 39 miles per hour. A tropical depression becomes a tropical storm when wind speeds drop between 39 and 73 miles per hour. A tropical storm is then classified as a hurricane when the wind speed is between 74 and 110 miles per hour. A major storm is classified as having winds greater than 110 miles per hour.
Hitting Cuba could weaken the potential impact of a hurricane on Florida, but it’s too early to pinpoint the exact route.
Tropical Depression 9 follows Hurricane Fiona, which is headed for Atlantic Canada and is expected to make landfall this weekend. Hurricane Fiona killed four people in Puerto Rico earlier this week, where it caused massive damage and total loss of power on the island before destroying the Turks and Caicos Islands. According to News Week, the National Weather Service (NWS) warned that the storm could be one of the strongest to hit Canada. Hurricane Fiona is not expected to affect the United States.
“It won’t hit the United States, but could be one of the strongest hurricanes to hit Canada,” NWS Cleveland tweeted Friday morning. “Fiona will hit the Canadian Maritimes and Nova Scotia this weekend with winds of over 100 mph. »
News Week contacted the National Hurricane Center for comment.
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