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Updated: Mostly Sunny Here, As Cat 3 Dorian Lashes The Carolinas

  South Florida will be mostly sunny on Thursday, while we watch as Dorian lashes the coast of the Carolinas.  Thursday here features good sun on the Gulf coast and a nice mix of sun and clouds elsewhere.  The east coast metro area could see a few showers and maybe a stray storm on a brisk breeze.  There is an elevated risk of rip currents at all South Florida beaches, and coastal flooding is possible along the east coast.  Highs on Thursday will be in the low 90s, but it will feel at least 10 degrees hotter.

Friday will bring lots of sun and blue skies.  Friday’s highs will be in the low 90s.  The weekend will be nice, which might make up for the awful weather last weekend.

Look for good sun and a few clouds on Saturday.  Saturday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Sunday will feature a mix of sun and clouds with a few passing showers and an afternoon storm or two.  Sunday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Monday’s forecast includes sun, clouds, and a few showers and storms.  Highs on Monday will be in the low 90s again.



Hurricane Dorian is dangerously close to the coast of South Carolina early Thursday, and landfall in the North Carolina Outer Banks is expected early on Friday.  At 5 am Thursday, Dorian was located near 31.7 North, 79.5 West, about 80 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina.  Maximum sustained winds were 115 miles per hour.  Dorian was moving north at 8 miles per hour, and a gradual turn to the northeast is forecast later on Thursday.  Watches and warnings extend from South Carolina to Delaware.  Tropical storm watch is now in effect for portions of the Massachusetts coast and for Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, which will be close to Dorian’s expected track on Friday night into Saturday.

Elsewhere in the busy tropics, Tropical Storm Fernand made landfall in northeastern Mexico on Wednesday, bringing flooding rains before dissipating.  Far out in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Gabrielle is holding steady early Thursday with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour.   At 5 am, Gabrielle was located  near 21.9 North, 35.0 West, and was moving northwest at 8 miles per hour.

There are a couple of other tropical features that we’re watching.  The area of low pressure now northeast of Bermuda still has a medium chance of development before entering a hostile environment on Saturday.  And we’re keeping a close eye on a wave that is just emerging off the African coast.  That wave has a medium chance of becoming a depression early next week.

By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com, certified Meteorologist, Sept. 5, 2019

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.