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Breezy Showers And Storms, Watching The Tropics (Updated)

   Friday features good sun, clouds at times, and passing showers and storms on a strong ocean breeze.  A high risk of dangerous rip currents remains in place at the Atlantic beaches on Friday through at least Sunday evening.  Highs on Friday will be in the mid 80s in the east coast metro area and the upper 80s elsewhere.

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Saturday will bring more clouds, showers, and storms, breezy conditions, and sun at times.  Saturday’s highs will be in the mid 80s in the east coast metro area and near 90 degrees along the Gulf coast.

Sunday will feature a mix of sun and clouds, a gusty ocean breeze, and passing showers and storms.  Sunday’s highs will be in the mid to upper 80s.

Look for good sun, clouds at times, and some showers and storms on a brisk ocean breeze.  Monday’s highs will be in the upper 80s.

Tuesday’s forecast includes mostly sunny skies and passing showers and storms in spots.  Highs on Tuesday will be mostly in the upper 80s.

In the tropics, Hurricane Jerry is intensifying as it gets closer to the Leeward Islands.  At 5 am Friday, Jerry was located near 18.4 North, 58.7 West, and was moving west-northwest at 16 miles per hour.  Maximum sustained winds were 105 miles per hour.  The northern Leeward Islands are under a tropical storm watch early on Friday.  Those islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands can expect heavy rain and dangerous swells later on Friday into Saturday.  Jerry is forecast to track well east of the Bahamas, but it could pass near or over Bermuda on Tuesday.

Imelda has now weakened to a remnant low, but not before inundating portions of eastern Texas and western Louisiana with deadly flooding — in some places even worse than the devastating flooding from Harvey in 2017.  This tragedy underscores the danger of heavy rains from tropical systems, even those that never come close to hurricane status.

Elsewhere, Humberto is now an extra-tropical system that is expected to dissipate over north Atlantic this weekend.  And the wave south of Hispaniola is responsible for heavy rains in the area, but this wave has a low chance of developing during the next 5 days as it moves through the Caribbean.  Finally, the wave about 700 miles east of the Windward Islands has some chance of developing into a depression during the next 5 days as it moves generally westward.

By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com, certified Meteorologist, Sept. 20, 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.