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Gulf Coast Flood Warning, Showers And Storms For Rest Of Florida; Tracking 7 Disturbances In The Tropics

Monday features a mix of sun and clouds to start in the east coast metro area, followed by afternoon showers and storms.  The Gulf coast will see the lingering effects of Sally, with clouds, showers, and stormy periods.  A moderate risk of dangerous rip currents is in place at the Atlantic beaches and a flood watch is in effect for the Gulf coast until Monday evening.  Highs on Monday will be in the upper 80s at the coasts and a bit warmer well inland.

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Tuesday will see partly sunny skies for much of the morning, but look for showers and storms to develop during the afternoon, especially along the Gulf coast and in the interior.  Tuesday’s highs will be near 90 degrees.

Wednesday will bring a mix of sun and clouds to start the day, and showers and storms will pop up in the afternoon.  Wednesday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Thursday will feature sun and clouds in the morning, and periods of showers and storms in the afternoon.  Thursday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Friday’s forecast includes good sun and some afternoon showers and storms.  Highs on Friday will be in the low 90s.

In the hyperactive tropics, outer bands of Tropical Storm Sally are approaching the northern Gulf coast early on Monday.  Storm surge is forecast to be a major — and potentially deadly — hazard from Sally, due to its angle of approach.  At 5 am, Sally was located near 28.3 North, 87.3 West, about 120 miles from the mouth of the Mississippi River.  Maximum sustained winds were 60 miles per hour, and Sally was moving west-northwest at 9 miles per hour.  A hurricane warning is in effect for much of the Louisiana coast east to Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and a tropical storm warning is in effect from Mississippi eastward to portions of the Florida panhandle.  Sally is expected to become a hurricane prior to landfall early on Tuesday.

Bermuda was completely within the eye of Hurricane Paulette at 5 am on Monday, and damaging winds will soon resume as the hurricane moves north-northwest at 12 miles per hour.  Maximum sustained winds were 90 miles per hour, and additional intensification is expected later on Monday.

On the other side of the Atlantic, what was Tropical Depression # 20 is now Tropical Storm Teddy.  At 5 am Monday, Teddy was located near 13.4 North, 40.4 West, and was moving west-northwest at 14 miles per hour.  Maximum sustained winds were 40 miles per hour, but Teddy is expected to become a major hurricane in the open Atlantic later in the week.. In contrast, Tropical Depression Rene, also in the middle of the Atlantic, is expected to become a remnant low later on Monday.  And a low near the Cape Verde Islands has a high chance of becoming a depression in the next few days but is expected to encounter hostile conditions rather quickly.

Finally, the low in the middle of the Gulf has a low chance becoming a depression before reaching the Mexican coast in the next few days.

Elsewhere, the trough of low pressure in the central Gulf of Mexico has a low chance of developing before reaching the Mexican coast.  And finally, yet another wave is forecast to emerge into the eastern Atlantic from the African coast in a day or so, and this one is projected to have a low chance of development.

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.