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At Last – Normal September Weather (Updated W/Dorian 5 AM Advisory)

    South Florida is getting back to typical September weather on Wednesday as Hurricane Dorian finally moves well to our north.  Wednesday features a mix of sun and clouds, breezy conditions, and mid-day and afternoon showers and storms.  Highs on Wednesday will be in the upper 80s, but it will like the triple digits, thanks to tropical humidity.

Thursday will bring some sun with clouds and showers on a brisk breeze.  Thursday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Friday will be sunny and breezy along the Gulf coast, while the east coast metro area will see a mix of sun and clouds with maybe a stray shower or storm.  Friday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Look for sunny skies and maybe a few clouds at times on Saturday.  Saturday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Sunday’s forecast includes lots of sun with maybe a cloud or two.  Highs on Sunday will be in the low 90s.

Dorian’s core remains well off the Florida east coast.  But tropical storm conditions with both hurricane strength gusts and dangerous storm surge continue along the central to northern Atlantic coast of Florida on Wednesday.  At 5 am, Dorian was located near 29.2 North, 79.5 West, about 90 miles east of Daytona Beach.  Dorian is moving north-northwest at 8 miles per hour.  Maximum sustained winds were 105 miles per hour.  Dorian is a category 2 hurricane, and as it loses strength, its wind field expands.

Watches and warnings extend from north of Sebastian Inlet, Florida, to the North Carolina/Virginia line, including southern portions of Chesapeake Bay.  Dorian will move very close to the north Florida and Georgia coast on Wednesday and dangerously near or over coastal South Carolina and portions of the North Carolina coast.

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Some of the first aerial photos from over the #Bahamas after #HurricaneDorian. (via James Julmis)

As we feared, the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama Island have been virtually leveled by Hurricane Dorian.  There are many relief efforts now under way in South Florida to help the people there.

Dorian has rightly attracted our full attention, but there’s a lot of other activity to note in the tropics.  Here’s the full rundown:

The low in the Gulf of Mexico has become Tropical Storm Fernand.  At 5 am Wednesday, Fernand was located near 23.1 North, 96.8 West, and it was moving west to the Mexican coast at 6 miles per hour.  Maximum sustained winds were 50 miles per hour.

The wave west of the Cape Verde islands quickly went from Tropical Depression # 8 to Tropical Storm Gabrielle.  Gabrielle was located near 19.6 North, 33.6 West, and was moving northwest at 10 miles per hour.  Maximum sustained winds were 40 miles per hour.  Gabrielle is expected to stay well east of the U.S. coast.

The low just east of Bermuda has a medium chance of developing as it moves westward, away from the U.S. coast.

Finally, we’re keeping a close eye on a wave that is about to enter the eastern Atlantic from Africa.  This wave has a high chance of developing into a depression in the next few days.

By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com, certified Meteorologist, Sept. 4, 2019

Donna Thomas has studied hurricanes for two decades. She holds a PhD in history when her experience with Hurricane Andrew ultimately led her to earn a degree in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Donna spent 15 years at WFOR-TV (CBS4 in Miami-Fort Lauderdale), where she worked as a weather producer with hurricane experts Bryan Norcross and David Bernard. She also produced hurricane specials and weather-related features and news coverage, as well as serving as pool TV producer at the National Hurricane Center during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Donna also served as a researcher on NOAA's Atlantic Hurricane Database Reanalysis Project. Donna specializes in Florida's hurricane history.