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Early September Sun and Storms in South Florida


two_atl_2d0After a week of tropical rains, South Florida is ready for some early September sun with a sprinkling of our typical afternoon storms — and that’s in the forecast for the long weekend. Look for sun and clouds, highs in the low 90s, and a few passing afternoon storms on Friday. The Naples and Marco Island areas will wider storm coverage than areas on the east coast on Friday, and the risk of dangerous rip currents will remain high at the Gulf beaches, and minor coastal flooding is still possible in spots.

septemberSaturday features sun, clouds, highs in the low sticky 90s along the east coast and in the upper 80s on the Gulf Coast, and afternoon storms — just stray storms in Miami-Dade and Broward but a few more storms along the Gulf coast and in the interior. The risk of dangerous rip currents will be increasing at the Atlantic beaches throughout the holiday weekend.

Sunday will bring more sun and clouds, highs in the sweltering low 90s, and a few passing storms throughout South Florida. Labor Day will be mostly dry in Miami-Dade and Broward, with just a passing afternoon storm possible, and highs will be in the muggy low 90s.

Look for passing showers and storms along the Gulf coast on Monday, and with highs around 90 degrees. The workweek begins on Tuesday with sun and clouds, highs around 90 degrees, and a passing afternoon storm or two in east coast metro areas and more widespread afternoon storms along the Gulf coast.

Hermine made landfall as a category 1 hurricane near St. Marks, Florida, around 1:30 am Friday — the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida since Wilma in 2005. At 5 am Friday, now Tropical Storm Hermine was located near 30.8 North, 83.6 West, about 20 miles west of Valdosta, Georgia. Hermine was moving north-northeast at 14 miles per hour and had top winds of 70 miles per hour. It is bringing flooding rain and damaging winds to northern and central Florida and southern Georgia, and coastal and storm surge flooding continues in the region. Hermine is forecast to move into the Carolinas before exiting into Atlantic coastal waters. A tropical storm warning is up for the Georgia and Carolina coasts, and a tropical storm watch is in effect northward to Long Island. Hermine’s threats to the southeast coast include heavy rain, gusty winds, coastal flooding, and beach erosion.

septemberElsewhere in the tropics, Gaston is racing east-northeastward toward the Azores and should affect the area on Friday into Saturday. A tropical storm warning is in effect for the western and central Azores. And the wave in the central Atlantic is encountering dry air and has a low chance of developing into a depression over the next several days.

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.