UPDATE: 11:00 p.m. The National Hurricane Center has classified TD Nine as Tropical Storm Humberto. Sustained winds are at 40 mph and gusts to 50 are occurring and moving NW at 6 mph. The cyclone is expected to pass just north and east of the Great Abaco Island during the afternoon Saturday in the northern Bahamas. Currently the center of the circulation is about 130 miles ESE of the island. Tropical Storm Warnings are in place for the Northwestern Bahamas.
The Tropical Storm Watch has been discontinued for now along the East coast of Florida. This may change as the storm moves closer to the US.
UPDATE: 8:00 p.m. – No significant changes to the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center regarding our Tropical Depression.
Eyes are still on the northern Bahamas including Freeport and Nassau for some blustery weather and choppy seas through the weekend.
UPDATE: 5:30 p.m. – The National Hurricane Center has officially classified Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine as a Tropical Depression. It has also begun its movement toward the northern Bahamas.
Max winds in Tropical Depression Nine are still at 30 mph but its movement is toward the northwest at 8 mph.
The 5 p.m. advisory puts the storm 140 miles ESE of Great Abaco Island or 240 miles ESE of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island.
The National Hurricane Center is forecasting Tropical Depression Nine to become Tropical Storm Humberto on Saturday.
There are Tropical Storm Warnings up for the northern Bahamas, meaning tropical storm conditions are expected to be felt within 36 hours.
Tropical Storm Watches continue for portions of the eastern Florida coast from near West Palm Beach through Daytona Beach. A Tropical Storm Watch means tropical storm conditions are possible within 48 hours.
By early-to-mid week, the storm could gain hurricane status as forecasts have the storm making a quick right turn to head back out to see. Unfortunately, our friends in Bermuda will need to keep a close eye on what is expected to be Humberto as significant impact to that island looks possible toward the end middle-to-end of the upcoming week.