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Tropical Depression 9 forms; Heading westward into Caribbean

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A strong area of thunderstorms is now Tropical Depression #9 in the central Atlantic Ocean. The storm is expected to strengthen over the coming days and head west.

If it does strengthen as expected, Tropical Storm Isaac will push through the Leeward Islands Wednesday and then enter the Caribbean Sea. Right now, it looks like conditions are favorable for significant strengthening there, and Isaac could become a sizeable hurricane by this weekend.

As the storm continues to head west in the Caribbean Sea, we will need to watch it’s progress very closely. Early indications from computer models and weather patterns show that this storm should turn northward. Where the storm will ultimately end up remains to be seen and is too uncertain this far out. With that being said, storms in this part of the ocean have had a history of impacting North Carolina.

As we enter the heart of hurricane season, now is the time to re-visit your hurricane plan and make sure you have all the supplies you and your family need to get through a storm.

As always you can get up to the minute updates from the StormTrack 3 Weather Team at Hurricanes 101.

– Meteorologist Tim Buckley

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