Something to keep monitoring:
ST. PETERSBURG —
The ninth tropical depression of the Atlantic hurricane season has formed in the Atlantic Ocean.
As of 5 a.m., the system is located about 715 miles east of the Leeward Islands and is moving west at 20 mph with maximum sustained winds of nearly 35 mph.
Bay News 9 meteorologist Diane Kacmarik said this is “definitely the storm to watch.”
“It is expected to strengthen and will be in the Caribbean by late Wednesday,” she said. “Most computer models are showing some turning to the north by Friday.”
Kacmarik said the storm could affect Florida if it tracks northwest. If that does happen, it would be sometime between Monday to Wednesday.\
However, Kacmarik said that if the storm stays south of Florida, our forecast will be for drier weather.
Tropical storm warnings have been issued for several islands in the Caribbean Sea, including Dominica, Guadeloupe, Desirade, St. Martin, St. Kitts, Nevis, Antigua, Montserrat and Barbuda.
Tropical storm watches have been issued for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Vieques, Culbera, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten and the British Virgin Islands.
Information from the Associated Press was included in this report.