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Breezy With Showers, Eye On The Tropics

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203317W5_NL_sm us_mia_closeradar_plus_usenBy Donna Thomas, EyesOnNews.com Meteorologist, Oct 13, 2014 – South Florida will be breezy with showers on Columbus Day. Look for passing showers and a few afternoon storms on a brisk ocean breeze, a high risk of dangerous rip currents at the beaches, and highs in the upper 80s on Monday. The breeze continues on Tuesday, along with those passing showers and storms. Tuesday’s highs will be in the upper 80s. Storm chances go up on Wednesday and Thursday as a front approaches. Highs will be in the upper 80s both days. Friday will bring another taste of fall, South Florida style, with morning lows in the low 70s, much lower humidity, and highs in the mid 80s.

In the tropics, Tropical Storm Gonzalo will move through the Leeward Islands on Monday and the Virgin Islands Monday night. At 5 am Monday, Gonzalo was located near 16.8 North, 60.9 West, or 50 miles northeast of Guadeloupe. Gonzalo was moving west at 10 miles per hour and had top winds of 60 miles per hour. It is forecast to reach hurricane strength later on Monday or on Tuesday. Besides tropical storm warnings for the Leeward Islands, there are tropical storm warnings and hurricane watches for the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Gonzalo is expected to turn northward well east of South Florida, but it could pose a threat to Bermuda, which has just finished with Tropical Storm Fay. Fay was rocketing eastward at 26 miles per hour early Monday, with top winds at 65 miles per hour. Fay should lose its tropical characteristics soon as it races through the central Atlantic.

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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.