Tropical Depression Nine

Tropical Depression Nine Courtesy of weather.com

Tropical Depression Nine (TD9) is blowing towards FL Gulf Coast

The Florida Gulf Coast is hunkering down for the Tropical Depression Nine which is slowing blowing towards the state. Siesta Key, Sarasota is on the southern edge of the Tampa Bay Region where the Hurricane Warnings have been posted. The region that is most likely to be in the direct path of the storm is the Florida Big Bend area.

Tropical Depression Nine cropped up during the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season’s traditional peak. The season peaks each year between mid-August and mid-October. The period is described as the “season within the season” by forecasters. This eight-week period “is often the most active and dangerous time for tropical cyclone activity,” NOAA explained on its website. The eight-week period is historically responsible for major spikes in tropical weather activity, NOAA said. In fact, it accounts for about 78 percent of all tropical storm days on record. It is also the period when 87 percent of the Category 1 and 2 hurricane days on record occurred. In addition, this period is responsible for “a whopping 96 percent of the major (Category 3, 4 and 5) hurricane days.”

TD 9 Siesta Key Beach

TD 9 Siesta Key Beach

Tropical Depression Nine, may finally gain enough steam to become a tropical storm late Tuesday. It then will make its turn toward the Gulf Coast Wednesday with heavy rain and gusty winds. The system could also produce coastal flooding and isolated tornadoes.

“In addition to the heavy rain and flooding threat, increased wind shear within the atmosphere will bring an increased risk of tornadoes during late Wednesday through Thursday,” forecasters wrote in Tuesday morning’s Hazardous Weather Outlook report for Tampa Bay. “The increasing south to southwest wind flow will also support an increasing storm surge threat along the coast.”

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At this time, the NHC expects this system to be a tropical storm as it approaches the Florida Gulf coast later this week. However, the intensity forecast for this system is more uncertain than usual.

In 1950 the first named storm to hit the Tampa Bay area was Hurricane Easy. Hurricane Easy hit just north of St. Petersburg on Sept. 4 and 5, which was Labor Day. Sarasota experienced 60 mph winds and high tides. Beach Road on Siesta Key was washed away and the Siesta Key bridge was underwater from wave action and high tides. St. Armand’s was under 1 1/2 feet of water: Heavy rains put half the county underwater and a tremendous mosquito problem was created. The Sarasota Herald Tribune reported in September 1950 that four planes were sent over Sarasota to blanket the area with DDT to combat the, record number of mosquitoes. (information from www.sarasotahistoryalive.com)

If you are staying on Siesta Key with us at the hotel, come and grab some movies, candy and popcorn from the office! We hope we can make your vacation the best it can be in this stormy weather.

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