WEATHER: Tropical Depression Update (Tues 10:00 a.m.)

Notable Changes:
  • While the storm current remains a tropical depression, it will likely be upgraded to a Tropical Storm later today.
  • According to the most recent NHC discussion, “Tropical Storm watches may be needed for a portion of the Florida coast today”.
Key Points:

  • TD 9 continues to slowly move west-northwest in the Gulf of Mexico this morning. The latest forecast track continues to turn the system to the north and northeast Wednesday, and bring it onshore in the Florida Big Bend during the day Thursday.
  • The system is expected to strengthen prior to landfall. While it will not change the forecast impacts dramatically, a minimal hurricane is not out of the question.
  • The most significant impacts are currently expected in the Big Bend Region, with any deviation in track affecting impact location. This includes damaging winds, flooding rains, and storm surge inundation. Increased rip currents are expected in the Big Bend and portions of the Panhandle.

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