Parts of east coast of Florida facing tropical storm watches


Parts of the east coast of Florida are facing tropical storm watches due to a strengthening tropical system that is causing the Bahamas to be hit with heavy rains.

Tropical Depression Nine, as it’s currently being dubbed, is very likely to turn into Tropical Storm Humberto in the next day according to the National Hurricane Center.

“The depression is moving toward the northwest near 8 mph,” the hurricane center said. “A turn toward the north-northwest is expected on Saturday.”

“On the forecast track, the system is anticipated to move very near the northwestern Bahamas tonight and Saturday, and east of the east coast of Florida during Saturday and Sunday.”

An increase of just nine mph of winds, currently at 30 mph, will make Humbero the eighth named storm of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season

Along with heavy winds, “heavy rainfall and scattered flash flooding is possible this weekend in coastal sections of eastern Florida, Georgia and South Carolina,” the hurricane center warned. “Depending on the track of the system, heavy rainfall could reach eastern North Carolina next week.”

Gov. Ron DeSantis told Floridians to be at the ready for what could be ahead.

“Regardless of the exact track or development, Floridians along the East Coast should be prepared for heavy rain and potential flooding, have supplies ready and follow local media for updates,” the governor tweeted Friday afternoon.

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