Tropical Depression Nine is Tracking Through the Caribbean Sea – Here’s the Latest Hurricane Tracker
When Tropical Depression Nine was first named earlier this week, it didn’t seem like it would be much of a threat to Florida residents. But as of Friday morning, the storm has strengthened into Tropical Storm Dorian and the National Hurricane Center says some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, per CBS News.
To track how Dorian develops and where it might strike next, visit the official National Hurricane Center tracker at www.nhc.noaa.gov .
Our Tropical Weather Outlook
Hurricane season typically lasts from June 1 to November 30 and starts earlier each year as warmer ocean waters provide more fuel for storms. Florida is also preparing for what might become a tropical depression this week, with Gov. Ron DeSantis declaring a state of emergency on Tuesday.
Below is a Hurricane tracker, so we can all stay up-to-date on this system as it grows and moves towards the southeastern U.S.
What is a tropical depression?
A tropical depression is a form of low-pressure storm that develops over warm ocean water, with maximum sustained winds below 39 mph (62 kph). They’re closely related to tropical storms and hurricanes.
If you’re wondering what a hurricane tracker does, it follows all storms within specific latitude and longitude ranges. This way, you’ll be able to track what the storm does and whether or not it will hit an area.
How storms are named
Storms are given names to distinguish them from one another. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) maintains a list of names for significant tropical cyclones, and alternates between male and female names. The most recent storm to make landfall in Florida was Hurricane Michael,
which hit on October 10th. Hurricane Michael was named after its creator, who passed away shortly before the storm hit land. This hurricane was a category 4 storm with winds reaching 155 miles per hour.
When will it make landfall?
Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for Florida on Wednesday, Aug. 28, in preparation for Tropical Depression Nine, which could become Hurricane Irma by next week. The National Hurricane Center released a hurricane tracker and provided information on where it will make landfall as well as when it might reach Florida with maximum sustained winds of 74 miles per hour or higher.
The National Hurricane Center said that at 5 p.m., Tropical Depression Nine was about 405 miles south-southeast of Cabo Gracias a Dios and had tracked west-northwestward at 13 mph over the past 12 hours. It has maximum sustained winds near 40 mph and is moving toward Guatemala and Honduras at 13 mph.
What should you do now?
As of today, Tropical Depression Nine has a 40% chance of becoming a hurricane. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for parts of the state in anticipation of the storm.
Should you evacuate? What if you don’t live in Florida? How can you prepare for Hurricane Season? Check out our Hurricane Tracker for all your questions! The hurricane tracker provides the latest information on current storms and the likelihood that they’ll hit land. The tracker also offers useful links to help with evacuation planning and what to do if you live outside of Florida but want to contribute to Hurricane Relief efforts.
How can you get prepared?
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency for several counties in Florida, and many people are preparing for the possibility that Tropical Depression Nine could become a hurricane next week.
Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 every year, and it’s important to have a plan in place before disaster strikes. Experts recommend getting at least three days’ worth of food per person and making sure you can safely store all foods at an internal temperature below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
You should also be sure to stock up on bottled water (1 gallon per day) and non-perishable foods like canned beans, pasta, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, or canned meat. Pack everything into waterproof containers and make sure you have your medication on hand if you need it. It’s also important to know where your nearest evacuation route is as well as alternative routes in case roads are blocked or flooded with storm water runoff. Experts also recommend having cash or traveler checks on hand so that you can buy supplies if needed during the storm or evacuations
If you’re in an evacuation area, what should you do?
In preparation for Tropical Depression Nine, it’s best to follow the hurricane tracker closely and take your time packing so that you have plenty of time for any last minute emergencies. Also make sure you have identification in case you need assistance.
Although Florida is at a lessening risk because this storm system would need to get on land, even if it doesn’t they’ll be still be out of power and without service in some places. For now all Floridians can do is continue following the hurricane tracker and prepare for anything with all their supplies ready to go.