Tropical Depression 8 and 9 form in the Atlantic Ocean - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Tropical Depression 8 and 9 form in the Atlantic Ocean

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Within the past week, the tropics have finally started becoming more active and this trend is expected to continue for the next few weeks. We now have two tropical depressions in the Atlantic and both are forecasted to become tropical storms on Monday or Tuesday. These storms will either be Hermine or Ian, depending on which one intensifies first. 

Tropical Depression 8 sits off the coast of North Carolina right now but will likely become a tropical storm just before it moves off the Outer Banks on Tuesday afternoon. The NHC is keeping its' storm track off the coast, but the Outer Banks is in the cone of uncertainty and a few miles could make a big difference on impacts there. At this point, it looks like heavy rain and dangerous rip current swill be the greatest threats there. It will move out to see by Wednesday afternoon, so the threat will be short-lived in North Carolina. 

Tropical Depression 9 has been the talk of the (meteorological) town over the past few days due to its weak organization. There were a lot of questions surrounding whether or not it would be able to overcome unfavorable winds near Cuba, but the warm waters and more favorable wind profiles in the Gulf of Mexico helped this system get over the hump. Model consensus is that it will move west and then push northeast over the Florida strait this week. The NHC's forecast track has Tropical Depression 9 becoming a tropical storm by Monday afternoon and remaining a weak tropical storm when it makes landfall north of Tampa, FL on Thursday afternoon or evening. Threats with this will be heavy rain, which could result in flooding through the end of the week on the west coast of Florida. A high rip current risk and gusty winds could also be possible Wednesday through Friday along the Florida coast, so keep that in mind if you have plans to travel there over the next few days.

These two storms are NOT expected to have any impact on the Mid-South. Please feel free to contact the First Alert Weather Team for any questions or concerns about these tropical systems. 

Brittney Bryant
WMC Action News 5 Meteorologist
First Alert Storm Tracking Team
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