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Showers And Sun Today; Tropics Are Active

tropicsSouth Florida will see showers and sun on Wednesday after our brush with Tropical Storm Gordon, but the tropics remain very busy.  Here at home, Wednesday begins with early passing east coast showers.  A few more showers will move through the east coast metro areas in the morning, until the Atlantic sea breeze pushes showers and some storms westward to the interior and Gulf coast during the afternoon.  Highs on Wednesday will be near 90 degrees near the east coast and the low 90s elsewhere.
Look for a few more showers and storms working there way from east to west on Thursday.  Thursday’s highs will be mostly in the upper 80s.
Friday will bring more of the same — some sun, clouds, passing showers, and storms in spots.  Friday’s highs will be near 90 degrees.
Saturday will see a shift to early east coast showers, followed by afternoon showers and storms forming well inland along the sea breezes.  Saturday’s highs will be in the low 90s.
Sunday’s forecast includes a few early coastal showers, a mix of sun and clouds, and some sea breeze showers and storms in the afternoon.  Highs on Sunday will be in the low 90s..
Tropical Storm Gordon made landfall overnight and is weakening rapidly.  At 5 am EDT Wednesday, Gordon was located near 31.5 North, 89.5 West, in southern Mississippi.  Maximum sustained winds were 40 miles per hour.  Gordon was moving northwest at 14 miles per hour.  The biggest threats from Gordon are flooding rains throughout the region and the possibility of isolated tornadoes.
Elsewhere in the tropics, Hurricane Florence continues its trek through the central Atlantic.  At 5 am Wednesday, Florence was located near 21.4 North, 44.8 West, and was moving northwest at 13 miles per hour.  Maximum sustained winds were up to 105 miles per hour.  And the wave that’s now 200 miles or so south of the Cape Verde Islands has a high chance of becoming a depression by the weekend.  Finally, we’ll be watching for another wave to emerge off the African coast in a couple of days.  It’s that time of year….
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.