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Periods Of Showers And Storms Here; Now A Cat 4 Michael Lashes The Panhandle

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South Florida will see passing showers and a few storms on Wednesday as we watch dangerous Hurricane Michael lash Florida’s panhandle and Big Bend area.  Here at home, we’ll see periods of showers on a southerly breeze.  Dangerous rip currents will be a hazard all South Florida beaches on Wednesday, and minor coastal flooding at the Gulf coast is likely.  Highs on Wednesday will be in the upper 80s.
Showers and storms will move through on Thursday.  Thursday’s highs will be near 90 degrees.
Look for passing showers and a few storms on Friday as we continue to be in the moisture “tail” of Michael.  Friday’s highs will be in the upper 80s.
Saturday will feature some sun, clouds, and passing showers and storms.  Saturday’s highs will be in the upper 80s.
Sunday’s forecast includes periods of sun, clouds, and passing showers and storms.  Highs on Sunday will be in the upper 80s.
Michael has intensified into a dangerous Category 4 hurricane.  At 5 am Wednesday, Michael was located near 28.3 North, 86.5 West, about 140 miles from Panama City.  Maximum sustained winds were 140 miles per hour, and Michael is moving north at 13 miles per hour.  This large and powerful hurricane will bring devastating winds and life-threatening storm surge to the panhandle and Big Bend on Wednesday before moving northeastward through Georgia, portions of the Carolinas, and the Chesapeake Bay region on Thursday into Friday.  Michael is shaping up to be a major disaster for Florida and the southeast U.S.
Elsewhere, Leslie has regained hurricane strength in the far Atlantic.  At 5 am Wednesday, Leslie was located near 28.6 North, 42.6 West, and was moving south at 10 miles per hour.  Maximum sustained winds were 75 miles per hour.
And the wave in the eastern Atlantic is now Tropical Storm Nadine.  At 5 am Wednesday, Nadine was located near 12.1 North, 31.1 West, and was moving north-northwest at 7 miles per hour.  Maximum sustained winds were 50 miles per hour.  Nadine is expected to dissipate in a few days as it encounters a hostile environment.
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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.