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South Florida is Under a Flood Watch

By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com Meteorologist, Sept. 17, 2015 –  South Florida’s stretch of rainy days will continue on Thursday. Showers and storms will move through all day and into the evening, with periods of heavy downpours adding to rain totals from Wednesday. South Florida is under a flood watch, and some areas will experience street flooding. Thursday’s highs will be in the upper 80s.

Friday won’t be as rainy, but periods of showers and storms, along with some sun and highs near 90 degrees, are in the forecast. The weekend will feature some sun, some early showers and afternoon storms, and highs near 90 degrees. Look for drier days, but with some quick early showers and the chance of an afternoon storm well inland, for the beginning of the workweek. Highs on Monday and Tuesday will be in the low 90s.

two_atl_0d0In the tropics, Tropical Depression #9 formed on Wednesday, and at 5 am Thursday, it was located near 16.3 North, 45.3 West. TD #9 had maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour and was moving northwest at 7 miles per hour. While the computer models are split on its short term development, it is expected to weaken to a remnant low by the weekend and eventually dissipate far from land.


The wave that’s now about 600 miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands has a high chance of developing into a depression over the next day or so as it moves west-two_atl_5d0northwestward in the central Atlantic. And the disturbance that’s responsible for our tropical moisture will move northeastward over north Florida, and it could have some chance of developing after it emerges in the Atlantic.

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.