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Sun, Showers And Storms Continue Over Florida; Watching The Tropics

Monday features periods of sun but passing showers and storms as well.   A high risk of dangerous rip currents is in place at the Gulf beaches, and there’s an elevated rip current risk at the Atlantic beaches  Highs on Monday will be near 90 degrees — but it will feel quite a bit hotter.

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Tuesday will bring mostly sunny skies to the Gulf coast and a mix of sun and clouds to the east coast metro area.  Look for showers and storms to develop during the mid to late afternoon.  Tuesday’s highs will be near 90 degrees.

Wednesday will see breezy conditions and periods of showers and storms, along with sun at times.  Wednesday’s highs will be near 90 degrees.

Thursday will be another breezy day with plenty of showers and storms as the moisture from Grace moves into South Florida.  Heavy rain is possible in spots.  Thursday’s highs will be in the upper 80s in the east coast metro area and near 90 degrees along the Gulf coast.

Friday will feature good sun and some showers and storms on the breeze.  Highs on Friday will be near 90 degrees.

In the tropics, Fred is back as a tropical storm.  At 5 am Monday, Tropical Storm Fred was located near 27.9 North, 86.0 West, about 160 miles south of Panama City, Florida.  Maximum sustained winds were 50 miles per hour, and Fred was moving north at 9 miles per hour.  A tropical storm warning is in effect for most of the Florida panhandle.  Flooding rain and dangerous storm surge are likely as Fred begins to affect the warning area on Monday.

Grace is now a tropical depression, but it will create dangerous mudslides and flash flooding in Haiti on Monday.  At 5 am, TD Grace was located near 17.4 North, 70.2 West, about 160 miles east-southeast of Port-au-Prince.  Maximum sustained winds were 35 miles per hour, and Grace was moving west at 15 miles per hour.  A tropical storm watch is in effect for the entire coast of Hispaniola.  Grace is forecast to regain tropical storm strength on Tuesday and move into the Gulf of Mexico late Wednesday or early Thursday.  It does not pose a threat to South Florida.

Elsewhere in the very busy tropics, Tropical Depression # 8 has formed about 100 miles east of Bermuda.  At 5 am Monday, TD # 8 was located near 32.4 North, 62.9 West, and was moving south-southwest at 5 miles per hour.  Maximum sustained winds were 35 miles per hour.  A tropical storm watch is in effect for Bermuda.  TD # 8 is forecast to become a tropical storm (the next name on the list is Henri) and loop around Bermuda

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.