Tropical Depression 9 is forecast to move generally westward for the next few days. The depression is currently experiencing light to moderate wind shear that should diminish during the next 24 hours leaving the cyclone in a favorable environment for strengthening. The forecast shows the system becoming a tropical storm later this evening and developing into a hurricane within 48 hours.
The well-defined low pressure system to the east of Tropical Depression 9 is associated with a tropical wave and the showers and thunderstorms continue to show signs of organization. A tropical depression could form during the next day or two and has a high chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours as it moves westward at about 15 mph. This image was taken by GOES East at 1445Z on August 21, 2012.