Tropical Depression Nine likely to have impacts on start of our holiday weekend
NEW BERN, Craven County - While tropical Depression Nine is still located in the Gulf of Mexico, it could bring wind and rain to eastern North Carolina by Friday evening.
As of the 8 a.m. Wednesday morning National Hurricane Center advisory, the center of Tropical Depression Nine was located near latitude 24.6° North, Longitude 88.1° W. The depression has been slowly meandering towards the north near 2 mph.
Sustained winds near 35 mph. A north-northeast motion at a faster forward speed is expected later today. It is also forecasted to increase in intensity and will likely be a hurricane before approaching the west coast of Florida on Thursday.
Tropical Depression Nine is expected to intensify to Tropical Storm Hermine later today, before moving onshore through the Northern Gulf Coast of Florida Thursday afternoon. It will stay as a strong Tropical Storm as it moves northeastward along the Georgia and South Carolina coast before returning to the Atlantic Ocean water just offshore of South Carolina Friday afternoon. It will skirt the North Carolina Coast Friday evening through Saturday morning, before moving further out to sea by Saturday afternoon.
This is a shift northwestward in the track compared to what was forecasted earlier this week.
This has the potential to bring heavy rain of between 3" to 6" and winds 50 to 60 mph to our coast to start the holiday weekend.