Tropical Depression Nine is developing steadily near the Florida Keys.
According to meteorologists, the weather system may strengthen or abate as it reaches the Gulf Coast later this week.
Located at about 330 miles to the southwest of Cape Canaveral, the system carries maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour.
Tropical Depression Nine path
The tropical depression is expected to progress northwest, north and eventually northeast as it makes its way towards the Florida Gulf Coast, according to the National Hurricane Center. While the forecast guidance said that the system could strengthen or abate than the current forecast, meteorologists have suggested the possibility of dissipation in the Gulf of Mexico as it touches land.
“There’s a lot of uncertainty with this whole system,” meteorologist Jerry Combs said, as reported by Florida Today. “There are still some discrepancies with the models.”
As reported by Weather.com, south Florida and Cuba could be affected with heavy rains and flash flooding. As much as 1 to 4 inches of rainfall in a short period of time is possible in certain areas, bringing about flooding.
Tropical Depression Nine: Another system to possibly affect Louisiana
Another weather system could bring more rain to the Gulf Coast, including Louisiana. Earlier this month, massive flooding in the state killed as many as 13 people and left thousands of homes destroyed.
Emergency management officials in Florida’s Big Bend are keeping a close eye on the weather. In a news release, Escambria officials said, “While this storm may not impact our area, residents are encouraged to take the time now to double-check their storm supplies and begin basic storm preparations.”
A mass of clouds and thunderstorms south of Florida has given rise to the threat of severe weather in the Gulf Coast. The system had a 60% chance of turning into a tropical depression or hurricane within the next two days, a number that escalates to 80% for within the next five days.