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Breezy With Gulf Coast Showers, The Tropics Are Very Busy (UPDATED)

  The day features plenty of sun with the chance of a shower in the east coast metro area and passing afternoon showers (and maybe a storm in spots) elsewhere.  A high risk of dangerous rip currents is in place at the Atlantic beaches on Wednesday through at least Friday evening.  Highs on Wednesday will be near 90 degrees.

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Thursday will be another mostly sunny and breezy day, this time with a few east coast showers passing by as we continue to feel the aftereffects of Humberto.  We’ll finally get a slight relief from the heat, starting on Thursday, when highs will be mostly in the mid 80s.

Friday will feature good sun, some clouds, and a few showers on a gusty ocean breeze.  Friday’s highs will be mostly in the 80s.

Saturday will bring a mix of sun and clouds with some passing showers on a brisk breeze.  Saturday’s highs will be in the mid to upper 80s.

Sunday’s forecast includes plenty of clouds and some showers along the Gulf coast, while the east coast forecast calls for some sun, more clouds, and some showers on the breeze.  Highs on Sunday will be in the upper 80s.

There’s lots of activity in the tropics.  We’re watching newly formed Tropical Storm Jerry, which was Tropical Depression # 10.  At 5 am Wednesday, Jerry was located near 14.1 North, 47.7 West, about 960 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.  Jerry was moving west-northwest at 13 miles per hour and had maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour.  Jerry is forecast to brush the Lesser Antilles as a hurricane on Friday into early Saturday.  While computer models indicate Jerry will turn to the north before reaching the Bahamas, we’ll continue to watch it very closely.

Elsewhere, Hurricane Humberto is now a major hurricane as it approaches Bermuda.  At 5 am Wednesday, Humberto was located near 31.7 North, 69.6 West, about 285 miles west of Bermuda.  Humberto was moving east-northeast at 16 miles per hour.  Maximum sustained winds were 115 miles per hour.   A hurricane warning is now in effect for Bermuda, and hurricane conditions are expected there on Wednesday into Thursday.

On the Gulf coast, what was an area of showers until early Tuesday abruptly became Tropical Storm Imelda early Tuesday afternoon, right before it came ashore near Freeport, Texas.  Now Imelda is back to depression status early on Wednesday, but it is dumping heavy rain on portions of eastern Texas, including the Houston area.  Up to 10 inches of rain can be expected from Imelda during the next few days.

And we’re not done yet.  A wave just getting ready to emerge from the African coast has a low chance of developing as it makes its way westward over the next 5 days.  And an area of low pressure is expected to develop east of the Lesser Antilles in a few days.  That feature has a low chance of developing during the next 5 days as it moves to the west or west-northwest.

We’re all wishing that November 30 arrives soon.

By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com, certified Meteorologist, Sept. 18, 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.