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Showers and Storms For Florida, Watching TS Ida

TS Ida

Friday features a mix of sun and clouds with periods of summertime showers and storms.  Look for mid to late afternoon activity along the Gulf coast, while showers and storms will blow through on a gusty ocean breeze throughout the day in the east coast metro area.  A moderate risk of dangerous rip currents is in place at the Atlantic beaches.  Highs on Friday will be mostly in the upper 80s in the east coast metro area and in the low 90s along the Gulf coast.

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Saturday will bring sun, clouds, and mostly mid to late afternoon showers and storms.  The gusty ocean breeze continues in the east coast metro area.  Saturday’s highs will be near 90 degrees in the east coast metro area and in the low 90s along the Gulf coast.

Sunday’s weather will be a repeat of Saturday’s — with partly sunny skies in the morning and periods of showers and storms in the afternoon.  Sunday’s highs will be mostly in the low 90s.

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Monday will feature good sun and a few clouds alternating with passing showers and storms.  Monday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Tuesday’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and periods of showers and storms.  Highs on Tuesday will be mostly in the low 90s.

Tropical Storm Ida formed in the central Caribbean Thursday afternoon.  At 5 am Friday, Ida was located near 20.0 North, 81.4 West, about 50 miles north-northwest of Grand Cayman.  Maximum sustained winds were 45 miles per hour, and Ida was moving northwest at 15 miles per hour.  A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Cayman Islands and western Cuba.  A hurricane watch is in effect from Cameron, Louisiana to the Mississippi/Alabama border, including the New Orleans area.  There’s a tropical storm watch from the Alabama border eastward to the Alabama/Florida border.  Ida is expected to intensify in the Gulf of Mexico, possibly reaching category 3 status before reaching the northern Gulf coast.  Besides damaging winds and flooding rain, Ida has the potential of bringing up to 7 feet of life-threatening storm surge to portions of the northern Gulf coast.

In the central Atlantic, the disturbance well to the east-southeast of Bermuda has a medium chance of developing into a depression in the next couple of days, before conditions become more hostile.  And the wave halfway between the Lesser Antilles and the Cape Verde Islands has a high chance of developing in the next few days as it moves generally northward into an area of unfavorable upper-level winds.

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.