Tropical Depression Nine forms, could hit Florida as Hurricane Hermine next week

Southern Depression On Friday, Nine developed in the Caribbean, and its projected path may send Hurricane Hermine to Florida the following week.

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The National Hurricane Center reported the storm's 13 mph west-northwest motion in its 5 a.m. update.

Over the next day or so, experts anticipate it will move further west before turning back west-northwest and then northwest over the weekend.

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Maximum sustained wind speeds are close to 35 mph with a higher gusts.

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According to the five-day forecast, it will loop north by Tuesday over Cuba before making landfall as a Category 2 hurricane early on Wednesday morning off the southwest coast of Florida with winds of 110 mph and gusts to 130 mph.

Later this morning, a reconnaissance mission from the Air Force Reserve will look into the system.

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Two other systems being monitored by the NHC have the potential to develop into the following tropical storm or depression.

With sustained gusts of 125 mph, Hurricane Fiona has decreased in strength from Category 4 to Category 3 as it moves rapidly northward toward the shore of Nova Scotia.