DENISON, Texas  (KTEN) — After a quiet start to the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane season, the tropics are heating up. 

As of Friday evening, four named storms reside in the Atlantic and Caribbean.

As of Friday September 23, four named storms were across the Atlantic. While Hurricane Fiona stayed well off the East Coast,  many along the Gulf of Mexico may not be so lucky. 

Tropical Depression 9 formed early Friday morning just southeast of Jamaica. The latest track from the National Hurricane Center takes it northwest towards western Cuba before entering the Gulf of Mexico early next week. 

Tropical Depression 9 is expected to reach hurricane strength as it enters the Gulf.

With sea surface temperatures in the mid to upper 80s and no upwelling from prior storms, Tropical Depression 9 is expected to quickly intensify once it enters the Gulf. 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued a state of emergency for 24 counties in the potential path of Tropical Depression 9. 

Those all along the Florida Coast should monitor the progress of TD9 into next week.