Tropical Depression Nine, a newly named storm, is in the Caribbean and could land in Florida as early as next week.
In its 5 am update, the National Hurricane Center said the storm is moving west-northwest at 13mph. Experts expect it will move more westward over the next day or so before turning west-northwest over the weekend.
Maximum wind speeds are close to 35mph, with a higher speed for tastes. There will be a slow intensification over the weekend before it gets stronger early next week, experts said.
There are no coastal watches or warnings at this time.
Tropical Depression Nine will likely drop heavy rainfall, flash flooding, and possible mudslides in Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, with heavy rains in Jamaican and the Cayman Islands coming in the next few days.
By the end of the forecast period, the storm is expected to approach western Cuba and the Gulf of Mexico before eventually hitting Florida and other states along the Eastern Gulf Coast.
Experts, however, said those are the earliest projections, and there’s still a fair amount of uncertainty concerning the storm’s movements.