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.