Tropical Depression Nine has formed in the Caribbean Sea and may become a hurricane threat for the western Caribbean and Southeast U.S. next week, including the state of Florida.

T​ropical Depression Nine is located in the central Caribbean Sea and is moving west-northwest.

I​t’s still battling wind shear, but finally became organized enough to be deemed a tropical depression on Friday morning.

T​he tropical depression is forecast to become a tropical storm later today.

I​t would be named either Hermine or Ian depending on if it or another system in the eastern Atlantic becomes a tropical storm first.

T​his future tropical storm is forecast by the National Hurricane Center to become a hurricane in the northwest Caribbean by late this weekend or early next week. It could then be located anywhere from the eastern Gulf of Mexico to near the Florida Peninsula as a hurricane by next Tuesday or Wednesday.