Tropical Depression Nine: South Florida and Cuba in the orbital cone

Reported by Madison Torres, Meteorologist at WLTV Univision Miami. Tropical Depression 9 could threaten Florida as a hurricane in the coming days (Video: Univisión 23, Miami)

There is a high possibility the system will make its way into Florida as an intense Category 3 hurricane with winds up to 185 km/h (115 mph), the National Hurricane Center bulletin said as of 11 a.m. this Friday.

Miami Mayor Francis Suárez, along with Adrián Plasencia, Assistant Fire Chief of the Miami Fire-Rescue, and Pete Sánchez, spokesman for the City of Miami Fire and Rescue Department, They will hold a press conference at 3 p.m. local time.

Forecast models say Tropical Depression Nine, which was about 990 km from Kingston, Jamaica and 1,778 km from Havana, Cuba, could become a tropical storm in the next few hours, according to the latest bulletin.

11 am Bulletin: Tropical Depression Nine Cone Forecast.  It is now estimated to become a hurricane near Florida (NOAA/NHC)
11 am Bulletin: Tropical Depression Nine Cone Forecast. It is now estimated to become a hurricane near Florida (NOAA/NHC)

The system is expected to cause heavy rains, flash floods and mudslides in areas with steep terrain on Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao. Likewise, they could hit Jamaica and the Cayman Islands in the coming days, according to CNH.

Additionally, this system is forecast to approach western Cuba and enter the southeastern Gulf of Mexico by the end of the forecast period, which is next Tuesday afternoon.

Tropical Depression Nine could hit South Florida next Wednesday.  11 am update from the National Hurricane Center.  (NOAA/NHC)
Tropical Depression Nine could hit South Florida next Wednesday. 11 am update from the National Hurricane Center. (NOAA/NHC)

Monitoring centers in Cuba and along the eastern US Gulf Coast should be closely monitoring this system, although uncertainty in the forecast remains fairly high at the moment.

Tropical Depression Nine could become a tropical storm in the next few hours and a hurricane early next week. On Tuesday it could pass western Cuba and head towards southern Florida.

The CNH report, released at 11:00 a.m. local time on Friday, indicates the storm will be over Jamaica by 8:00 p.m. Saturday and over the eastern Cuba area by 8:00 a.m. Sunday could. It is expected to be over Havana by 8:00 a.m. Monday and in Miami by 8:00 p.m. the same day.

So far, no warnings or surveillance have been issued. More will be known about the extent and location of the impact over the weekend. As a precaution, it’s time to review hurricane preparations.

Regardless of its development, tropical depression 9 will hit northern Colombia with “heavy rainfall and wind gusts in the next two to three days,” the Institute for Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (IDEAM) reported on Friday.

South Florida and Cuba in Tropical Depression 9 trajectory cone. (Video: Univisión 23, Miami)

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