MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Tropical Depression Nine is becoming a little better organized over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico.
At 11 p.m. Monday, the center of the system was about 240 miles west of Key West.
Maximum sustained winds were sitting at 35 mph with higher gusts.
The depression is moving toward the west near 7 mph. A turn toward the west-northwest is expected later Monday night. A turn toward northwest and north-northwest is expected Tuesday and Tuesday night, followed by a turn toward the north-northeast on Wednesday.
On the forecast track, the center of the depression will continue to move slowly away from western Cuba, and move into the eastern Gulf of Mexico over the next 48 hours.
Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm on Tuesday.
There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.
The depression is expected to produce additional rain accumulations of 3 to 6 inches over western Cuba through Wednesday. Isolated maximum storm-total amounts of 12 inches are possible over western Cuba. These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mud slides. Total rain accumulations of 3 to 7 inches are possible over much of the Florida peninsula through Thursday.
Meanwhile, Tropical Depression Eight is moving slowly northwestward toward the coast of North Carolina.
At 11 p.m., the center of the system was about 125 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
Maximum sustained winds were also at 35 mph with higher gusts. The system was moving to the northwest at 5 mph.
Slow strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm on Tuesday.
A Tropical Storm Warning is up for the coast of North Carolina from Cape Lookout to Oregon Inlet and Pamlico Sound.
The depression is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 1 to 3 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 5 inches over far eastern North Carolina, including the Outer Banks.
As for Hurricane Gaston, it is maintaining its strength.
At 11 p.m., the center of the Category 2 hurricane was about 600 miles east of Bermuda.
Maximum sustained winds are hovering at 105 mph with higher gusts. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles.
The system is now chugging north at 6 mph. The hurricane is expected to move toward the northeast or east-northeast at an increasing forward speed during the next couple of days.