By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com Meteorologist, Oct. 2, 2015 – South Florida will see some breezy showers on Friday, while Hurricane Joaquin continues to batter the central Bahamas. Joaquin’s main effects in South Florida will be additional coastal flooding at high tide early Friday afternoon, high seas, and an increasing risk of rip currents this weekend. We will see passing showers on the breeze Friday, the chance of a stray afternoon storm, and highs in the low 90s.
South Florida’s weekend looks good, with just a chance of a quick shower on the breeze, lots of sun, low humidity, and highs in the upper 80s. The first part of the workweek features sun, clouds, a few passing showers, and highs in the upper 80s.
Joaquin remains a dangerous major hurricane. At 5 am Friday, it was located at 23.3 North, 74.7 West, and was moving northwest at 3 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds were 130 miles per hour, and the central Bahamas continue to experience storm surge flooding, heavy rains, and damaging winds. Joaquin has begun a northwest motion that will eventually shift to the northward and northeastward, with the latest National Hurricane Center forecast keeping the hurricane east of the U.S. east coast and west of Bermuda. However, Bermuda, Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Nova Scotia could feel the impacts of Joaquin as it accelerates northeastward early next week.
In the central Atlantic, a non-tropical low about 700 miles southeast of Bermuda has a high chance of developing into a subtropical or tropical depression over the next couple of days as it moves northward.