MIAMI – Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday issued a state of emergency for 24 Florida counties, including Broward and Miami-Dade, amid forecast models that show Tropical Depression Nine could impact some parts of the state.
If the storm does become a named storm, it would be Hurricane Ian after Hermine was taken by a new tropical storm that formed off the coast of Africa Friday evening..
- TD 9 set to become hurricane as early as Friday night
- Florida is in the cone but exact location still TBD
- Gov. DeSantis issues state of emergency for 24 counties, including Broward and Miami-Dade.
- Hurricane Fiona forecast to hit Canada
- CBS Miami Hurricane Guide
- Tracking the Tropics
“This storm has the potential to strengthen into a major hurricane and we encourage all Floridians to make their preparations,” Desantis said in a written statement. “We are coordinating with all state and local government partners to track potential impacts of this storm.”
The counties under the watch include: 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.
According to the National Hurricane Center’s 11 a.m. advisory, the storm was located about 515 miles east-southeast of Jamaica and about 1,000 miles southeast of Havana.
The storm currently has winds of 35 miles per hour and was slowly moving west-northwest at 14 miles, the hurricane center said.
The National Hurricane Center said the storm would likely intensify and could become Tropical Storm Hermine sometime Friday and achieve hurricane strength early next week.
It was not immediately clear where the storm could hit or with what force.
As of the 8 a.m. advisory, Hurricane Fiona is moving away from Bermuda after passing just northwest of it. The powerful Category 3 hurricane has sustained winds of 125 mph as it moves to the north-northeast at 25 mph.
On the forecast track, Fiona’s center will approach Nova Scotia on Friday, move across Nova Scotia and into the Gulf of St. Lawrence on Saturday, and then across Labrador over the Labrador Sea on Sunday.
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Nova Scotia from Hubbards to Brule, Prince Edward Island, Isle-de-la-Madeleine, and Newfoundland from Parson’s Pond to Francois.
Tropical Storm Warnings are posted for Bermuda, St. Andrews, New Brunswick to west of Hubbards, Nova Scotia; west of Brule, Nova Scotia to Cap Madeleine, Quebec; Anticosti Island; Sheldrake Quebec to north of Parson’s Pond, Newfoundland; Boat Harbor to Hare Bay, Newfoundland; and Francois to St Lawrence, Newfoundland.
Tropical Storm Gaston is forecast to take a southeast turn on Friday.
As of 8 a.m., the center was about 135 miles north-northwest of Faial Island in the central Azores. It was moving to the east-southeast at 7 mph with sustained winds of 60 mph.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for portions of the central and western Azores.