Eye on the Tropics

Tropical Storm Ian forms in the Caribbean

ORLANDO, Fla. — Tropical Depression 9 formed Friday morning and could impact Florida by next week. Read live updates below:



11 p.m. update

TropIcal Storm Ian has officially formed.

The 11 p.m. updated forecast track hasn’t changed much since 5 p.m., and it’s too soon to know location of impacts, Channel 9 meteorologist George Waldenberger said.

READ: Timeline for Tropical Depression 9: Here’s what to expect

The forecast cone indicates the potential of a major hurricane nearing the Florida Peninsula, or just west, by Tuesday night or Wednesday.

Waldenberger advises residents to go over their hurricane plan this weekend.

See our in-depth coverage in the video below:

5 p.m. update

Tropical Depression Nine is still churning across the Caribbean but is expected to become a tropical storm soon, and then a hurricane by the weekend.

The 5 p.m. track shifted slightly west with new model data.

Read: Timeline for Tropical Depression 9: Here’s what to expect

Expect the potential for tropical storm/hurricane impacts in Central Florida on Wednesday.

The threat of flooding, rain and strong winds will all depend on storm’s track, which is still very uncertain at this time.

Read: Hurricane supply checklist: What should you include in your kit?

Tropical Storm Hermine formed far west of Africa’s coastline. Active systems include Hurricane Fiona, tropical storms Gaston and Hermine, Tropical Depression Nine and a disorganized low.

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4:40 p.m. update

Tropical Storm Hermine just formed in the eastern Atlantic, so the Caribbean system will instead likely get the name Ian.

4:20 p.m. update

Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order on Friday declaring a State of Emergency for 24 counties in the potential path of Tropical Depression 9.

DeSantis also requested a federal pre-landfall Emergency Declaration in anticipation of impacts from the storm. His office said that declaration will make resources and support available as well as free up funding sources for emergency protective measures. Under the emergency order, members of the Florida National Guard will be activated and on standby awaiting orders.

The state of emergency applies to: Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lee, Manatee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and St. Lucie.

1:30 p.m. update

Channel 9 meteorologist Rusty McCranie said there is still a lot of variability in where the tropical depression will head. You can see the latest models in his tweet below.

11 a.m. update

Tropical Depression 9 is forecast to continue to strengthen as it moves across the Caribbean over the weekend with a turn towards South Florida early next week.

The National Hurricane Center said this is forecast to become a major Category 3 hurricane around southwest Florida on Wednesday morning.

The latest computer models on the track of Tropical Depression 9 shows it clustered over western Cuba and then heading toward southwest Florida.

“Remember, these are models, and the track can and will change,” meteorologist Rusty McCranie said.

Residents should start their initial preparation Friday and refresh their hurricane supply kits.

By Saturday, we should know if there will be impacts to Florida. If that is the case, more hurricane preparation will be needed.

Sunday is when we will know exactly what kind of impacts we will see.

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9 a.m. update

TD9 is currently in the central Caribbean moving west-northwest at 13 mph.

The tropical disturbance is forecast to develop into a hurricane by this weekend.

Read: Eye on the Tropics: Peak of hurricane season update and safety tips

The storm could be near western Cuba by early next week.

The forecast models for TD9 currently have the system moving toward the west coast of Florida or South Florida.

Florida residents are encouraged to have their hurricane plans in place, but full-throttle preparations are not needed at this point.

The path of tropical systems can be unpredictable over time, so there is still a chance that Central Florida will not see a direct impact from TD9.

Channel 9 meteorologists will continue to monitor TD9 and will provide updates on Eyewitness News.

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