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Tropical Storms Gusts And Rain For South Florida Today

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A tropical storm warning remains in effect, and it includes all of South Florida and the northwestern Bahamas.  A flood watch also remains in effect for South Florida through Sunday morning.  There’s a coastal flood advisory for southern Miami-Dade and mainland Monroe County until 11 pm on Saturday.

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Saturday features tropical storm force gusts and periods of very heavy rain throughout the day.  An isolated tornado is possible, especially in the east coast metro area in the morning.  There’s flooding in many locations around South Florida, and street flooding is creating hazardous driving conditions.  Minor coastal flooding is possible in southern Miami-Dade and mainland Monroe County.  A high risk of dangerous rip currents remains at all South Florida beaches through Sunday morning.  Highs on Saturday will be in the mid-80s.

Sunday will bring good sun and some clouds with periods of showers and storms in the afternoon to the east coast metro area, while the Gulf coast will see clouds and showers in the morning and plenty of sun in the afternoon..  Sunday’s highs will be near 90 degrees in the east coast metro area and in the upper 80s along the Gulf coast.

Monday will feature a mix of sun and clouds with showers and storms in the afternoon, especially in the east coast metro area.  Monday’s highs will be in the upper 80s.

Tuesday will see a mix of sun and clouds alternating with passing showers and storms.  Tuesday’s highs will be in the upper 80s.

Wednesday’s forecast calls for a typical June mix of sun and clouds with periods of showers and storms.  Highs on Wednesday will be in the upper 80s.

We continue to track Potential Tropical Cyclone # 1.  At 5 am Saturday, it was located near 25.6 North, 83.1 West, about 100 miles southwest of Fort Myers.  Potential TC # 1 was moving northeast at a much more rapid 18 miles per hour.  Maximum sustained winds were 40 miles per hour, but this system is really struggling to establish a closed circulation — or even a decently-defined center.  Potential TC # 1 is still expected to become Tropical Storm Alex after it crosses the Florida peninsula and enters the Atlantic overnight.

For South Florida, the major threat from Potential TC # 1 continues to be the flooding rains that we’re dealing with.  We can expect a total of 6 to 10 inches of rainfall, with up to 15 inches possible in isolated locations in South Florida. Continue to take necessary measures to protect your home from flooding, and if you absolutely have to go outside, be extremely careful.

Elsewhere in the tropics, a small area of low pressure about 100 miles south of Bermuda has virtually no chance of developing into a depression during 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.

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