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Showers And Storms Keep Florida Under Flood Watch

Saturday features clouds, showers, and storms on a brisk breeze as tropical moisture continues to surge into South Florida.  The Flood Watch remains in effect until Saturday evening.  A high risk of dangerous rip currents remains at the Atlantic beaches, and the rip current risk is increasing along the Gulf coast.  We could see some coastal flooding at high tides this weekend.  HIghs on Saturday will be in the mid 80s in the east coast metro area and the upper 80s along the Gulf coast.

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Sunday will be another day of clouds, showers, a few storms, and gusty breezes along the Gulf coast.  Sunday’s highs will be in the mid to upper 80s.

Monday will bring mostly cloudy skies and periods of showers and storms.  Monday’s highs will be in the mid 80s.

Tuesday will feature sun at times, plenty of clouds, and periods of showers and storms.  Tuesday’s highs will be mostly in the upper 80s.

Look for a mix of sun and clouds with periods of showers and storms on Wednesday.  Wednesday’s highs will be in the mid 80s.

In the tropics, Tropical Strom Cristobal is moving towards the northern U.S. Gulf coast.  At 5 am Saturday, Cristobal was located near 23.8 North, 90.2 West, and was moving north at 14 miles per hour.  Maximum sustained winds were 45 miles per hour.  A tropical storm warning is in effect from east of Morgan City, Louisiana to portions of the Florida panhandle.  The warning area will feel the effects of Cristobal on Sunday with landfall expected late Sunday night or early Monday morning.  Cristobal will then weaken and move northward through the Mississippi Valley, bringing heavy rain to the region.

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.