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A Mix Of Sun And Clouds For Us; Hurricane Maria Batters Puerto Rico


BattersSouth Florida will be summery on Wednesday, while to our southeast, Hurricane Maria batters Puerto Rico. Wednesday here features a mix of sun and clouds, a few quick showers on the ocean breeze, and a high risk of dangerous rip currents at the Atlantic beaches. Highs on Wednesday will be in the low 90s.

Thursday will see sun, clouds, a few showers in spots, and an elevated risk of rip currents at the local beaches. Thursday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Friday is the first day of autumn, but it won’t feel like it — with hot sun and periods of showers and storms. Friday’s highs will be near 90 degrees.

Saturday will see Maria well to our east, and we’ll start to see drier air move in as a result of the massive circulation. Saturday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

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Sunday will feature sun, a few clouds, and just the chance of a stray shower. Sunday’s highs will be near 90 degrees.

BattersHurricane Maria was moving in on Puerto Rico early on Wednesday. At 5 am Wednesday, Maria was located near 17.9 North, 65.6 West, and was moving northwest at 10 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds were 155 miles per hour — and that still makes Maria the strongest hurricane to strike Puerto Rico in many years. Maria is forecast to pass to the east of the northwest and central Bahamas, but not before moving near or over the Turks and Caicos and the southeastern Bahamas. Maria could affect the U.S. coast from North Carolina northward early next week.

BattersElsewhere, Tropical Storm Jose is still lingering near the mid-Atlantic coast. At 5 am Wednesday, Jose was located near 38.4 North, 70.3 West, and was moving northeast at 8 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds were 65 miles per hour, but the hazards caused by Jose continue to be rough surf, swells, and dangerous rip currents. Finally, the remnants of Lee have a medium chance of redeveloping in the central Atlantic.

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.