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Florida Is Finally Feeling Like Fall

Saturday features a fall-like morning — a nice start to October.  Look for lots of sun, a few clouds, and the chance of a stray shower in spots.  A high risk of dangerous rip currents remains at the Atlantic beaches.  Minor coastal flooding is possible along the Gulf coast.  Highs on Saturday will be mostly in the mid-80s.

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Sunday will bring pleasant temperatures in the morning and sunny skies during the day.  Sunday’s highs will be in the upper 80s in the east coast metro area and the mid-80s along the Gulf coast.

Monday will feature lots of sun and a few clouds on a cool breeze.  Monday’s highs will be in the upper 80s in the east coast metro area and the mid-80s along the Gulf coast.

Tuesday’s weather will be a repeat of recent days:  plenty of sun and just a few clouds at times.  Tuesday’s highs will be mostly in the mid-80s.

Wednesday’s forecast calls for lots of sun, with a few showers popping up in the east coast metro area.  Highs on Wednesday will be mostly in the mid-80s.

Hurricane Ian made landfall again at Georgetown, South Carolina on Wednesday afternoon, bringing heavy rain and storm surge to the South Carolina coast.  While Ian is a post-tropical system, it continues to drop very heavy rain over the Mid-Atlantic states.  At 5 am, Ian was located about 30 miles south of Greensboro, North Carolina.  Maximum sustained winds were 35 miles per hour, and the system was moving north-northwest at 12 miles per hour.  What’s left of Ian could bring the region up to 6 inches of rain.  Back in Florida, floodwaters from Ian are causing rivers in the central part of our state to overflow, and that’s expected to last into next week.

Elsewhere in the tropics, the wave in the far eastern Atlantic has a high chance of becoming a depression during the next five 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.