Tropical Depression Nineteen – Update #1 – 9/11/2020
University of Florida officials are actively monitoring Tropical Depression Nineteen. Here’s what we know today:
Heavy rainfall is expected to produce isolated flash flooding over portions of central and southern Florida and prolong existing minor river flooding in the Tampa Bay area. Flood watches have been issued for much of West Central and Southwest Florida.
Tropical storm conditions are possible tonight along the southeast Florida coast, where a tropical storm watch is in effect for Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. UF units with operations in South Florida should closely monitor Tropical Depression Nineteen and follow guidance from local officials.
Moreover, the storm could later produce heavy rain and gusty winds for Florida’s Big Bend and Panhandle. UF units with operations in the Panhandle should also monitor forecasts in case watches or warnings are issued in that area and be prepared to follow guidance from local officials.
The system is forecast to strengthen to near hurricane intensity by early next week as it moves across the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. Dangerous impacts from storm surge, wind and heavy rainfall will be possible along the Gulf Coast from the Florida Panhandle to southeastern Louisiana this weekend and early next week.
No tropical warnings or watches are currently in place for Alachua County, and no operational changes are anticipated for the UF campus in Gainesville. Forecasted impacts are limited to chances of heavy rain on Saturday and Sunday. We will continue to monitor and update the UF community on expected impacts or schedule changes as information becomes available.
For additional information, please visit National Hurricane Center.