The center of Tropical Depression #9 is currently located about 180 miles to the West/Southwest of Key West, FL. Maximum sustained winds are at 35 mph, with gusts to 45 mph. The system is moving generally toward the West at about 10 mph. A gradual West/Northwest curve is expected to develop during the day today.
The system is expected to move in a West to West/Northwest direction through tonight, then curve Northward on Tuesday and Northeastward late on Wednesday or early on Thursday. The system is currently expected to make landfall along the Northwest coast of Florida as a Tropical Storm on Thursday evening if the current track forecast holds as expected.
Compared to yesterday, confidence is increasing with regard to the aforementioned track and eventual landfall location. None the less, residents across the northeast Gulf of Mexico coast should continue to monitor the progress of this system over the next few days in case unexpected developments were to occur.
At this time we would expect very heavy rainfall as well as tropical storm force winds and/or gusts along, near and to the right of the forecast track across much of the central and Northern two-thirds of Florida during the indicated time periods. We will provide more specific impact details in later updates as the situation becomes more clear.