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Ian Weakens To A Tropical Storm

Ian made its Gulf coast landfall at Cayo Costa Wednesday afternoon, and it brought catastrophic storm surge and damaging winds from the Naples area northward to near Sarasota.  As of this writing, damage assessment is just beginning.  Ian has finally weakened into a tropical storm as it makes its way to the Atlantic coast of central and northern Florida.  Tropical storm warnings are in place for Florida’s  Atlantic coast from Boca Raton northward and for the Gulf coast from Bonita Beach northward to the Big Bend area.

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Thursday will be a windy day around South Florida as Ian moves to our north.  Look for lingering storms in the morning, giving way to showers in the afternoon.  Flooding is possible in many locations due to heavy rain earlier this week.  A high risk of dangerous rip currents remains at all South Florida beaches.  Highs on Thursday will be in the upper 80s in the east coast metro area and the mid-80s along the Gulf coast.

Friday will be mostly sunny and breezy.  A few showers will blow through in the afternoon.  Friday’s highs will be in the upper 80s in the east coast metro area and the mid-80s along the Gulf coast.

Saturday will feature good sun, a few clouds at times, and just the chance of a shower or storm.  Saturday’s highs will be in the upper 80s in the east coast metro area and the mid-80s along the Gulf coast.

Sunday will see lots of sun and mostly dry conditions again.  Sunday’s highs will be in the upper 80s in the east coast metro area and the mid-80s along the Gulf coast.

Monday’s forecast calls for sunny skies with just the chance of a stray shower.  Highs on Monday will be in the upper 80s in the east coast metro area and the mid-80s along the Gulf coast.

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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