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Showers On The Breeze For Florida; The Tropics Are Busy

Saturday features a mix of sun and clouds at times, alternating with periods of showers and storms on a sometimes gusty ocean breeze.  A high risk of dangerous rip currents remains at the Atlantic beaches until at least Sunday evening.  Highs on Saturday will be in the upper 80s in the east coast metro area and the low 90s along the Gulf coast.

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Sunday will be another day of sun and clouds with showers and storms moving through on a gusty breeze.  Sunday’s highs will be mostly in the low 90s, with some readings in the upper 80s along the Atlantic coast.

Look for a mix of sun, clouds, showers, and storms along the Gulf coast on Monday.  The east coast metro area will see sun and clouds to start and afternoon showers and storms in the east coast metro area.  Monday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Tuesday will feature good sun to start and a few afternoon showers and storms in the mid to late afternoon.  Tuesday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Wednesday’s forecast calls for a mix of sun and clouds with summertime afternoon showers and storms.  Highs on Wednesday will be in the low 90s.

In the tropics, a strengthening Tropical Storm Hanna is approaching the south Texas coast early on Saturday.  At 5 am, Hanna was located near 27.0 North, 95.8  West, about100 miles east of South Padre Island, Texas.  Hanna was moving west at 9 miles per hour.  Maximum sustained winds were 70 miles per hour, and Hanna is likely to become a hurricane before reaching shore on Saturday afternoon.  In addition to damaging winds and storm surge at the coast, Hanna will bring heavy rain and flash flooding to southern Texas and northern Mexico during the next few days.

In the central Atlantic, Tropical Storm Gonzalo is struggling as it nears the southern Windward Islands.  At 5 am Saturday, Gonzalo was located near 10.1 North, 58.7 West, about 100 miles east of Trinidad.  Maximum sustained winds were down to 40 miles per hour.  Gonzalo was moving west at 18 miles per hour and will bring heavy rain and gusty winds to the islands on Saturday.  But Gonzalo is expected to weaken in the eastern Caribbean and dissipate early on Monday.

And last but not least, we’re watching a wave in the eastern Atlantic that has a medium chance of becoming a depression as it moves westward.  Since this system will be near the Lesser Antilles by mid-week, we’ll keep a close eye on it.

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.