Monitoring Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine
GIC has activated to Level 3 – Enhanced Monitoring for Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine. At 800 AM Eastern, the center of the disturbance was estimated near latitude 25.1 North, longitude 75.3 West, or 290 miles SE of Freeport Grand Bahama Island. The system is moving toward the northwest near 6 mph (9 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue with some increase in forward speed through the weekend. On the forecast track, the system is anticipated to move across the central and northwestern Bahamas today, and along the east coast of Florida Saturday and Saturday night. Some strengthening is forecast over the next 48 hours, and the system is expected to become a tropical depression or tropical storm later today or Saturday. The forecast track maintains the eye of the storm offshore, and though the system could bring tropical-storm-force winds over portions of the Florida east coast over the weekend, widespread impacts are not anticipated. Considering both forecast track and intensity of this system, imagery collection is not anticipated.
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