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Weather observers thought the tropical depression in the Caribbean that may threaten Florida next week would be the next named storm, Hermine. But Mother Nature, and the National Hurricane Center, had other plans.
The NHC announced Friday evening that Tropical Storm Hermine had formed – but it’s a system that popped up off Africa’s coast earlier Friday.
“Tropical Storm #Hermine Advisory 2: The Eighth Tropical Storm of the Season Forms, But in the Eastern Atlantic,” the NHC tweeted. “Heavy Rains Forecast For the Canary Islands.”
So, the system that the NHC is monitoring that could impact Florida will likely be named Ian, the next name on this year’s hurricane season name list.
The University of Central Florida said Friday that will make a decision on Sunday about classes and student housing will be impacted by the forecasted hurricane.
“UCF is in communication with our local National Weather Service office in Melbourne and the National Hurricane Center to ensure the university has the latest information,” the school said in a email to students, faculty and staff. “On Sunday, Sept. 25, we will assess the latest projections and provide an update about university operations for the week ahead. Decisions about classes, campus operations and UCF Housing would be communicated at that time.”
The school noted that in the event a hurricane forecast to impacts Central Florida, UCF Housing residents would be strongly encouraged to relocate off campus. Employees designated as critical may still be required to work in the event of a campus closure, it said.
With forecasts projecting that the tropical depression currently moving through the Caribbean will become a major hurricane by the time it reaches Florida next week, Orlando-area governments have begun preparations.
Officials in Orange and Seminole counties announced the start of sandbag operations as officials monitor the storm currently known as Tropical Depression Nine, which is expected to become a hurricane in the coming days.
Orlando Sentinel Staff
Tropical Depression 9 isn’t even a storm, let alone a hurricane, but it has caught the attention of the folks who run Orlando International Airport and Orlando Executive Airport.
The Greater Orlando Airport Authority, which manages the airpotrs, said it is starting to implement pre-storm procedures while Tropical Depression 9 spins in the Caribbean.
Among the facilities impacted by the possible hurricane is Terminal C, whose scheduled dedication next week has now been postponed.
“The Authority will take protective measures throughout the coming days and will continue to monitor the storm and coordinate airport activities accordingly,” the statement said.
Orlando Sentinel Staff