MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Depression Nineteen was just off the coast of South Florida early Saturday but is expected to move into the Gulf of Mexico and strengthen into a tropical storm, while Tropical Storm Paulette was expected to intensify into a hurricane.
The depression was located 35 miles west-southwest of Miami, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. advisory. It was moving to the west at 9 mph with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.
Nineteen was forecast to slide into the Gulf and could become a tropical storm later Saturday or early Sunday. The depression is currently expected to bring 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) of rain to parts of Florida, with isolated totals up to 6 inches (15 centimeters).
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Paulette had maximum sustained winds at 70 mph and was 645 miles southeast of Bermuda, where a hurricane watch and tropical storm warning are in effect. Forecasters said Paulette would become a hurricane later Saturday and drop up to 6 inches of rain on the territory through Monday.
Tropical Storm Rene was weaker with maximum sustained winds at 40 mph and was 1,300 miles east-northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands. Forecasters said Rene wasn’t expected to strengthen and did not pose any threat to land.
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