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Breezy Showers Here; Joaquin Batters Bahamas

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.

NE 32 Ave, beneath the east side of the Oakland Park bridge at the Intracoastal Waterway Thursday afternoon (Photo: RC White)
NE 32 Ave near and beneath the east side of the Oakland Park bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway (Photo: RC White)

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.

084015W5_NL_smJoaquin 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.

two_atl_0d0In 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.

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.