The outer bands of extremely dangerous Hurricane Dorian are beginning to affect portions of South Florida on Monday. Tropical storm force winds, periods of very heavy rain, dangerous swells and coastal flooding are likely for the east coast metro area through Tuesday.
A hurricane watch is in effect for just north of Deerfield Beach to the Volusia/Brevard county line. A tropical storm warning is in effect from Deerfield Beach to Sebastian Inlet. And there are tropical storm watches from Deerfield Beach to Golden Beach (at the Miami-Dade/Broward line) and for Lake Okeechobee.
Mandatory evacuations are under way for zones A and B in Palm Beach County. This includes all mobile homes and low-lying areas, such as the barrier islands, low-lying areas along the Intracoastal, and areas surrounding Jupiter Inlet.
Our local weather is dominated by Hurricane Dorian on Monday and Tuesday. Palm Beach County and extreme northern Broward can expect prolonged tropical storm conditions and possible hurricane strength gusts. The rest of Broward and northern portions of Miami-Dade can expect periods of tropical storm force winds with damaging gusts at times. Elsewhere, look for very windy condtions with tropical storm force gusts at times. Wednesday will be cloudy and windy, with periods of heavy rain. Wednesday’s highs will be in the upper 80s. Thursday will feature some sun, some clouds, and periods of showers and storms, especially in the east coast metro area. Thursday’s highs will be in the low 90s. Friday’s forecast includes good sun, some clouds, and the chance of a shower or storm. Highs on Friday will be in the low 90s.
Elsewhere in the tropics, the low in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico has a low chance of development. The wave in the eastern Atlantic has a high chance of reaching depression status during the next few days. And an area of low pressure several hundred miles south of Bermuda has a low chance of development as it moves generally northward.