A disturbance in the Yucatan Channel became Tropical Depression 10 Saturday afternoon and is expected to strengthen into a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.
Tropical Depression 10 is stationary now but is expected to start moving north on Monday. Further strengthening is likely when disturbance moves in the warm waters of the Gulf.
Disturbance’s track shifts west toward Florida Panhandle
The track, while still uncertain, includes much Florida’s Gulf Coast, including the Panhandle, according to the NHC’s latest tropics update.
A state of emergency has been declared for 33 counties in the Sunshine State, including the counties that are home to Panama City, Tampa, Bradenton and Tallahassee.
Residents in Western Cuba and Florida should keep a close eye on the storm’s progress in the Gulf.
The Florida Panhandle area, particularly Panama City, was devastated by Hurricane Michael in 2018. The Category 5 storm had maximum sustained winds of 161 mph and caused “catastrophic damage from wind and storm surge,” the National Weather Service said. Parts of Panama City are still rebuilding from the monster storm.
What does track shift mean for the Gulfport-Biloxi metro?
Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana are not inside the “cone of uncertainty” for the storm but Coast residents should keep an eye on the system over the next several days.
Once landfall happens next week, states including North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia could get heavy rainfall as the system moves over the Southeastern U.S.
You can check hurricanes.gov for the latest updates.
What will name of next tropical storm be?
If the Gulf system strengthens into a tropical storm or hurricane, it will be named Idalia.
What’s the latest on Franklin?
Hurricane Franklin is not affected to move over land in the U.S., but the storm could bring dangerous rip currents and deadly swimming conditions on the east Coast.