Tropical Cyclone 9 expected to be tropical storm as it moves near Florida
A tropical disturbance will move northwest near or across the central 
and northern Bahama Islands today through tonight, while gradually 
becoming better organized. It is forecast to become a tropical storm as
it makes its closest approach the east central Florida coast Saturday 
and Saturday night. Until the system becomes better organized, there 
remains considerable uncertainty in the exact forecast track. 

A tropical storm watch remains in effect for all coastal counties in
East Central Florida. This includes Martin, Saint Lucie, Indian River,
Brevard, and Volusia Counties.

Regardless of the development and exact track, there will be an
increased chance for tropical storm force wind gusts, along with 
periods of heavy rain tonight through Saturday night. This threat will 
be highest along the coast, and especially the barrier islands from 
Sebastian Inlet northward, where wind gusts could reach 50 mph.

Rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches are forecast for the event, along with 
isolated amounts of 5 to 6 inches as based on the latest forecast 
track.

Conditions along the immediate coast, including the beaches and surf
zone remain a significant concern. The surf is expected to become
increasingly rough with large breaking waves, and moderate beach
erosion around the times of high tide through early Sunday morning.
The threat for numerous strong and potentially deadly Rip Currents
will remain high through this weekend. 

The next high tide cycles will occur along the Florida east coast
around 830 PM tonight, between 845 AM and 900 AM Saturday morning,
and between 900 PM and 915 PM Saturday night.

Persons in east central Florida should keep track of the latest
forecasts and statements from the National Hurricane Center, and your
National Weather Service office in Melbourne through this weekend.