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Rain Hangs Around Florida Saturday; Tracking Fiona

Saturday features some sun, more clouds, and showers in the morning.  Storms will develop in the afternoon, and some will linger into the evening.  A moderate risk of dangerous rip currents remains along the Palm Beach County coast.  Highs on Saturday will be in the upper 80s.

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Sunday will bring a mix of sun, clouds, and a few storms in the morning.  Look for more storms in the afternoon.  Sunday’s highs will be mostly in the upper 80s.

Monday will feature good sun and some clouds.  A few storms will move through in the morning, and more storms will develop in the afternoon.  Monday’s highs will be near 90 degrees.

Tuesday will start with mostly sunny skies and maybe a stray shower or storm.  But storms will be back in the afternoon.  Tuesday’s highs will be in the low 90s in the east coast metro area and near 90 degrees along the Gulf coast.

Wednesday’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies alternating with periods of showers and storms.  Look for an increasing risk of dangerous rip currents at the Atlantic beaches.  Highs on Wednesday will be in the upper 80s in the east coast metro area and the low 90s along the Gulf coast.

Tropical Storm Fiona is expected to strengthen, and there’s now a hurricane watch as well as a tropical storm warning for Puerto Rico.  At 5 am, Fiona was located about 135 miles southeast of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.  Maximum sustained winds were 60 miles per hour, and Fiona was moving west at 13 miles per hour.  Fiona is expected to bring flooding rains to Puerto Rico on Sunday, and mudslides are possible.  Forecasts now call for Fiona to reach hurricane strength before landfall in the Dominican Republic early on Monday.  Then it’s expected to track near or over the Turks and Caicos and the southeastern Bahamas.  There is still uncertainty as to how close Fiona will come to the central and northern Bahamas in the latter part of next week, so we’ll continue to watch very closely in the days ahead.

Elsewhere in the tropics, the wave in the central Atlantic has a low chance of becoming a depression in the next five days.  And a low that’s a few hundred miles west-northwest of Bermuda has a low chance of developing.

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.