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Lingering Showers and Storms for South Florida

By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com Meteorologist, Aug 31, 2015 – South Florida will see some lingering showers and storms on Monday as the remnants of Erika move north of our area. The flood watch has been cancelled for South Florida, but some localized flooding is possible on Monday in areas that are saturated from the weekend’s rainfall. Monday will feature periods of rain, especially late in the morning and in the afternoon, along with some sun and highs near 90 degrees. Our shift to the typical pattern of afternoon storms along the sea breeze begins on Tuesday and lasts through the workweek. Look for highs in the sticky low 90s through the weekend.
On the other side of the Atlantic, the wave that emerged from the African coast on Friday is now Hurricane Fred. As of 5 am Monday, Fred was located near 15.6 North, 22.9 West, and was moving northwest at 12 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds were 80 miles per hour. Fred will move through the Cape Verde Islands Monday afternoon through Tuesday. Despite providing the name for tropical cyclones that traverse the entire Atlantic basin, the Cape Verde Islands rarely experience hurricane force winds because tropical systems rarely form so far to the east. Once Fred moves beyond the islands, it is forecast to weaken to depression status in the central Atlantic by the weekend.

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.