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Flood Advisory and More Rain

By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com Meteorologist, Sept. 18, 2015 – South Florida is under a flood advisory until 8 pm on Friday, and more rain is on the way. After a mostly dry start to Friday, look for building clouds, highs in the upper 80s, and more showers and storms bringing heavy downpours to already saturated areas. Drivers should be especially aware and avoid flooded streets.

We’ll see additional showers and storms on Saturday, but there will be periods of sun. Saturday’s highs will be in the low 90s. The tropical moisture finally lifts northeastward on Sunday, and while a few showers and storms will be around, we’ll see more sun and highs in the low 90s, with some higher readings possible inland.

Monday and Tuesday will feature a few early showers on an ocean breeze, maybe a quick afternoon storm well inland, and highs around 90 degrees.

In the tropics, the area of disturbed weather to our north has a medium chance of developing into a depression over the next 5 days as it moves into the Atlantic off the north Florida coast (and away from us). Tropical Depression #9 is moving north-northwest at 7 miles per hour and now has maximum sustained winds of 30 miles per hour. At 5 am Friday, TD #9 was located near 17.6 North, 45.7 West, and as it moves north-northwest it will weaken to a remnant low this weekend, far from land. And the wave that’s now about 800 miles west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands has a high chance of becoming a depression over the next couple of days as it moves west-northwest into the central Atlantic.

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.