Tropical Depression Nine is moving through the Caribbean Sea and could become a major hurricane threat for the northwest Caribbean and Southeast United States, including Florida, next week.
The central Caribbean Sea is home to Tropical Depression Nine, which is moving west-northwest.
The National Hurricane Center predicts that this future tropical storm will become a hurricane in the northwest Caribbean by late this weekend or early next week.
During that time, rapid intensification is possible, which means a wind speed increase of at least 35 mph in 24 hours or less.
The main threat from this system right now in Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao is heavy rain. In these areas, flash flooding and mudslides are possible.
Later next week, the system will either move inland somewhere over the Southeast United States, or it may track near or along parts of the Eastern Seaboard.
It's far too early to tell where this system will end up, but wind, flooding rain, and other effects could extend into other parts of the East late next week.
For the time being, all interests near and along the Gulf Coast, including Florida, and in the Eastern United States should monitor the forecast and ensure hurricane plans are in place, just in case.