Miami. – This Friday, Tropical Depression 9 formed in the Caribbean, which the National Hurricane Center forecast could become Tropical Storm Hermione in the next few hours.
According to the latest bulletin from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) at 5:00 a.m. this Friday, the system was about 615 miles from Kingston, Jamaica, and 1,105 miles from Havana, Cuba.
According to the NHC, the tropical depression has top winds of 35 mph and is moving to the west-northwest at 13 mph.
For the next few hours, rain is expected over Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, south of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, with more intensity in Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, and north of Venezuela and Colombia. At present, no advisory and watch has been issued.
Tropical Depression 9. trajectory of cone
Models are very consistent and show that during the next five days, the development of this system will make it through the Caribbean to the southwest coast of Cuba until it reaches southern Florida.
According to NHC Track Con, the depression could become a tropical storm over the next few hours and then a hurricane by Monday or Tuesday. On Tuesday, it can move through western Cuba and move towards southern Florida.
It is too early to tell where this system will go, but it will be monitored throughout South Florida in the coming days.
Even though the system hasn’t passed through Florida, we may be close enough to increase moisture on the eastern side of the system. At this point, Key West, the west coast of Florida and the entire Gulf Coast would have to keep a close eye on the tropical depression, which if it developed into a tropical storm, it would be called Hermione.