Tropical Depression 9 Develops Over the West-Central Caribbean Sea; Forecast to Be In the Gulf of Mexico by the Weekend

The depression is expected to become a tropical storm tonight, and become a hurricane when it is near western Cuba or over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. Additional strengthening is likely over the Gulf of Mexico, and the system could be near major hurricane strength when it approaches the northern Gulf coast.

A Severe Storm or Two Possible This Afternoon; Eyes Focusing On Potential Tropical System in the Gulf

The latest Mesoscale Discussion from the Storm Prediction Center has much of the western half of Central Alabama highlighted in an area where a very moist and unstable airmass will be able to support the formation of strong to severe thunderstorms with the potential for wind gusts of 50-70 mph.