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Flood Watch Today; Tracking Tropical Depression #16

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Tropical DepressionSouth Florida’s Thursday will be stormy and windy, and we’re watching the tropics and the track of a recently-formed tropical depression. Here at home, Thursday features clouds, showers, and storms on a gusty wind, all caused by a strong tropical wave moving through. Coastal flooding is possible at high tides in low-lying areas, and a flood watch is in place, since we could see periods of heavy downpours. A high risk of dangerous rip currents also continues at the Atlantic beaches. Highs on Thursday will be in the low to mid 80s.

The wave exits overnight, and Friday will bring some sun, some clouds, and passing showers and storms at times. Highs on Friday will be in the upper 80s.

Saturday’s forecast includes periods of showers and storms along with some sun, as what is now Tropical Depression # 16 moves well to our west. Saturday’s highs will be in the upper 80s.

Sunday will see some sun but more clouds, showers, and a few storms. Highs on Sunday will be in the upper 80s.

Monday will feature a mix of sun and clouds with passing showers at times. Monday’s highs will be in the upper 80s.

In the tropics, Tropical Depression # 16 formed on Monday in the Caribbean. At 5 am Thursday, TD # 16 was located near 13.3 North, 83.3 West, and was moving northwest at 7 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds were 35 miles per hour. The depression will bring flooding rains to parts of Central America before exiting into the Gulf of Mexico and threatening the northern Gulf coast late this weekend or early next week. As for the wave that is making our weather miserable, upper level winds are not favorable for it to develop.

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.