Florida could face a major hurricane next week, according to tracking models from the National Hurricane Center.
The center on Friday said “interests in Cuba and those along the Eastern Gulf Coast of the United States” should closely monitor Tropical Depression Nine, which is expected to be named Hermine.
“We are focusing on it potentially getting into the gulf by late Monday, early Tuesday, depending on how the system tracks,” National Weather Service meteorologist Kelly Godsey said Friday. “So, we do need to re-check those plans and be ready.”
The hurricane center on Friday morning said it anticipates the system — which was moving west about 1,100 miles east-southeast of Havana — to slowly intensify over the next day before going on a west-northwest and northwest track as it experiences “more significant intensification over the weekend and early next week.”