Tropical Depression 9 emerges; forecast to be hurricane


Tropical Depression 9 formed in the Atlantic on Tuesday morning, and it's projected to strengthen into a Category 2 hurricane.

It's also one Florida will need to keep an eye on.

Under the initial forecast, subject to large errors, TD-9 would strengthen into Tropical Storm Isaac and approach the Lesser Antilles on Wednesday.

It would intensify into a hurricane and move south of Puerto Rico on Thursday, brush the southwest coast of Haiti on Saturday and hit southeast Cuba on Sunday - possibly as a Category 3 system.

From there, it is expected to turn north, possibly toward the Gulf of Mexico, Florida or the Bahamas.

At 8 a.m. on Tuesday, the system was about 645 miles east of Guadeloupe, sprinting west at 20 mph with sustained winds of 35 mph.

A tropical storm warning has been posted for several of the islands, including Dominica, Guadeloupe, St. Martin, St. Kitts, Antigua, Montserrat, Anguilla and Barbuda.

The National Hurricane Center also is monitoring a disturbance in the eastern Atlantic, giving it a high chance of developing.

Models indicate that system will trek northwest over the next five days.

The center also is watching an area in the western Gulf of Mexico.