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Plenty Of Showers And Storms Around Florida Wednesday; Hurricane Center Watching 2 Systems

Wednesday features a mix of sun and clouds with a few showers and maybe a stray storm in the morning.  Plenty of showers and storms will be back in the mid-afternoon through the evening.  Periods of heavy rain are possible.  Highs on Wednesday will be in the low 90s, but it will feel about 10 degrees hotter.

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Thursday will bring sun, clouds, and a storm in spots during the morning, but lots of showers and storms will develop in the afternoon and last into the evening.  Heavy rain is possible.  Thursday’s highs will be in the sticky low 90s.

Friday will feature a mix of sun, clouds, and a few storms to start.  Look for plenty of showers in the afternoon and evening.  Heavy rain and localized flooding are possible.  Friday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Saturday morning will be mostly sunny with a few showers and maybe a stray storm.  The afternoon will see lots of showers and a few storms in spots.  Heavy rain is possible.  Saturday’s highs will be mostly in the low 90s in the east coast metro area and near 90 degrees along the Gulf coast.

Sunday’s forecast calls for some sun but lots of showers and storms in spots.  Highs on Sunday will be in the low 90s.

In the tropics, the wave we’ve been watching for the last several days is not expected to develop.  But the National Hurricane Center is tracking two other features — a disorganized area of showers several hundred miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands and a wave that will move off the African coast in a day or so.  Both of these have a low chance of developing into a depression during the next five days.

And we’re remembering the 30th anniversary of a tragic chapter in South Florida’s hurricane history — the day that Hurricane Andrew made landfall.  The small but extremely powerful hurricane (which was later determined to have reached category 5 status at landfall) caused $25 billion in damages in South Florida (equal to about $55 billion today), took 44 lives here, and changed the landscape of southern Miami-Dade County forever.

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.