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Tracking the Tropics: Tropical Depression 9 expected to strengthen, become tropical storm Friday

Interests along the U.S. Gulf coast, including Florida, need to keep watch. Tropical Depression Nine is expected to gradually strengthen as it continues to move in the Caribbean, according to the National Hurricane Center. The depression developed early Friday morning from Invest 98-L. As of the 11 a.m. Friday advisory, TD 9 currently has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and is about 515 miles east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica. It's currently moving west-northwest at 14 mph. The depression is expected to reach tropical storm strength by Friday evening, according to the NHC. When it reaches tropical storm strength, it will get a name; the next name on this season's list is Hermine (pronounced her-MEEN). From there, the storm is anticipated to slowly strengthen over the next day or so. Then, on Sunday and Monday, more significant intensification is forecast, including into a hurricane. MORE: ►Subscribe: ►Website: ►Facebook: ►Twitter:
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