Weather officials are already monitoring Hurricane Gaston and another tropical depression in the Atlantic, with both kicking up sea swells that are bringing strong rip currents along a possible threat of erosion to Brevard County.
By Sunday afternoon the words were nearly prophetic as the National Hurricane Center upgraded 99L to a Tropical Depression which means it can have winds up to 39 miles per hour.
Hurricane Gaston also grew in strength, becoming a category 2 with sustained winds of 105 miles per hour. If it becomes a tropical storm, the winds are expected to be in the 40 mile per hour range. "A turn toward the west-northwest and a decrease in forward speed are expected on Monday followed by a turn toward the northwest on Tuesday".
Meanwhile a disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico near Louisiana that had been under watch has dissipated, forecasters say.
The forecast cone from Gaston continues it moving over the open Atlantic through the duration of the upcoming work week. The storm has been given a 40 percent chance of developing more over the next five days. We'll see cloud cover along with scattered rain showers and storms and breezy conditions. Anyone with interests along the eastern seaboard, including in Virginia and North Carolina, should watch forecast changes closely over the next few days.
Invest 99L has been upgraded to a tropical depression on Sunday by the National Hurricane center.
By Wednesday morning, the storm is expected to be well away from land, in line with the opening of the Chesapeake Bay.