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8AM UPDATE: Dorian Now A Cat 5 Batters Northwestern Bahamas, TS Warnings and Watches Here

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Sunday will be the last day before squally weather arrives along the east coast, so preparations should be completed today.  At the very least, bring in all outdoor items so that they won’t become projectiles in high winds.  Stay off the roads when tropical storm force winds arrive, and plan on staying indoors until they pass on Tuesday.

While Miami-Dade, the Keys, and the southwest Gulf coast will be spared the worst of Dorian, expect periods of tropical storm force winds and possibly higher  gusts, along with heavy rain and coastal flooding.  Look for conditions to deteriorate Sunday night in the east coast metro area and on Monday along the Gulf coast.

Broward County can expect tropical storm force winds and possibly hurricane force gusts, especially north of I-595.  Heavy rain and coastal flooding are also expected from Sunday night into Tuesday.

Palm Beach County can expect tropical storm force winds and is likely to get hurricane force gusts on Monday as Dorian makes its closest approach. The Palm Beaches are particularly vulnerable to swells and dangerously high waves.  Heavy rain is expected from Sunday night through Tuesday.

Faith Based Events

Our local forecast for Sunday along the Gulf coast calls for sun, clouds, and some passing showers.  In the east coast metro area, look for clouds, increasingly windy conditions, and periods of heavy rain as the weather deteriorates as Sunday progresses.  Highs on Sunday will be in the sticky low 90s.

Labor Day will bring tropical storm conditions (strong winds, heavy rain, and coastal flooding) to the east coast metro area all day.  The Gulf coast will see clouds, showers, and storms during the morning and afternoon, followed by possible tropical storm conditions on Monday night.  Monday’s highs will be in the upper 80s.

Tropical storm force winds and periods of heavy rain are possible on Tuesday.  Tuesday’s highs will be in the upper 80s.

We’ll see cloudy skies and periods of showers and storms on Wednesday as very breezy conditions continue along the east coast.  Wednesday’s highs will be near 90 degrees.

Thursday will feature a mix of sun and clouds with periods of showers and a few storms in the east coast metro area.  Highs on Thursday will be in the low 90s.

Elsewhere in the tropics, an area of low pressure near the Yucatan has a low chance of developing into a depression as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico.  And a wave about 100 miles east of the Cape Verde Islands could become a depression in the next few days.  In any event, it will bring heavy rain to those islands.

[vc_message message_box_style=”solid-icon” message_box_color=”blue”]By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com, certified Meteorologist, Sept. 1, 2019[/vc_message]
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.