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Tropical Depression 9 inching toward Florida

Tropical Depression Nine is expected to organize into Tropical Storm Hermine on Tuesday.
Tropical Depression Nine is expected to organize into Tropical Storm Hermine on Tuesday. Courtesy

A system now known as Tropical Depression 9 is still moving slowly through the eastern portion of the Gulf Of Mexico.

According to the National Hurricane Center, TD 9 hasn’t organized into Tropical Storm Hermine, but is could do so Tuesday. It is moving slowly west-northwest but will be moving north-northeast by Wednesday.

“There has not been much change from the National Hurricane Center as of Tuesday afternoon,” Meteorologist Chris Bannan said. “It’s still a tropical depression and they haven’t found any tropical storm–strength winds yet.”

Bannan said it is expected to make landfall near the Florida Panhandle sometime on Thursday.

But what does the moving system mean for the Gulf Coast and South Mississippi?

According to the NHC, should the depression continue on its current track, tides are expected to elevate 1 to 1.5 feet above normal. A coastal flood watch is in effect for South Mississippi through Thursday morning.

A tropical depression has winds less than 39 mph. This is the first tropical depression to enter the Gulf in 2016.

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