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Showers Late Today; Tracking Tropical Depression # 14

South Florida will see some late showers on Sunday as we watch Tropical Depression # 14, which has formed near the Yucatan.  Here at home, look for a few early east coast showers, followed by sun and clouds during much of the day.  Then showers and a few storms move in to kick off several wet days.  A high risk of dangerous rip currents remains in place at the Atlantic beaches.  Highs on Sunday will be in the upper 80s.
Monday features periods of showers and storms, breezy conditions, some sun, and more clouds. Monday’s highs will be in the upper 80s.
The showers and storms continue to blow in on Tuesday.  Tuesday’s highs will be in the upper 80s.
Wednesday will bring showers, some storms, and clouds on a gusty breeze.  Wednesday’s highs will be in the upper 80s.
Thursday’s forecast includes clouds, showers, and some storms.  Highs on Thursday will be in the upper 80s.
Our stormy week ahead is tied to the progress of Tropical Depression # 14, which formed early on Sunday.  At 5 am, TD # 14 was located near 18.6 North, 86.9 West, and was moving north-northwest at 3 miles per hour.  Maximum sustained winds were 35 miles per hour.  TD # 14 is likely to reach hurricane strength before making landfall along the northern Gulf coast sometime on Wednesday.  South Florida can expect plenty of tropical moisture from this system, even if it stays well offshore.  Florida’s Gulf coast will also see rough surf and an increasing risk of dangerous rip currents during much of the week ahead.
Elsewhere, Tropical Storm Leslie is starting to move in the open Atlantic.  At 5 am Sunday, Leslie was located near 37.2 North, 52.0 West, and was moving east at 12 miles per hour.  Maximum sustained winds were 60 miles per hour.  And a low in the far eastern Atlantic, between the Azores and the Canary Islands, has a low chance of developing into a depression during the next 5 days.
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.