Though no longer a threat to directly strike South Florida, the effects of Tropical Depression Nine are expected to be felt over the next few days as the storm gathers steam in the Gulf of Mexico.
The depression, with winds of 35 miles per hour, is still poorly organized as it moves away from the Florida Straits and Cuba.
As of 11 a.m. Monday, the depression was centered about 170 miles west-southwest of Key West and was moving west near 7 mph.
The tropical depression is forecast to become a tropical storm soon and turn towards a path that could have it hit the Big Bend region of North Florida later in the week, possibly Thursday.
For South Florida, unsettled weather will continue, with on and off showers and occasional heavy downpours. The heaviest storms are expected to bring winds between 35 and 40 MPH, while the rip current risk remains high on the beaches across the area.
Meanwhile, another tropical depression that formed west of Bermuda was moving toward the coast of North Carolina. That depression is expected to become a tropical storm, and while it threatens to bring wind and rain to eastern North Carolina, there’s a chance the worst of the weather will remain offshore.
The depression was centered about 160 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and was moving northwest near 7 mph. A tropical storm watch was in effect for North Carolina's coast from Cape Lookout to Oregon Inlet.
Farther east, Hurricane Gaston has weakened a little as it drifted northward in the middle of the Atlantic.