Tropical Depression has Formed

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At 500 PM EDT  the center of Tropical Depression Nine

was located by a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft near latitude 23.7

North, longitude 81.7 West.  The depression is moving toward the

west near 9 mph (15 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue

through tonight.  On the forecast track, the depression will be

moving away from the Florida Keys and into the Gulf of Mexico

overnight.  A turn toward the west-northwest and a decrease in

forward speed are expected on Monday followed by a turn toward the

northwest on Tuesday.

The depression is forecast to become a tropical storm on Monday.

Our area could see rainfall amounts over 4 inches over the next several days with strong, gusty winds across the region.  All interests along Florida's west coast should monitor this tropical system carefully.