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Steamy Sun And Storms For Florida; Eyeing The Tropics

Tuesday features good sun with periods of showers and storms beginning in the late morning.  A moderate risk of dangerous rip currents is in place at the Atlantic beaches.  Highs on Tuesday will be in the low 90s — but the high humidity will make it feel much hotter.

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Wednesday will be mostly sunny and breezy.  Look for passing showers and a few storms on a gusty ocean breeze in the east coast metro area, and mostly mid to late afternoon showers and storms along the Gulf coast.  Wednesday’s highs will be in the humid low 90s.

Thursday will bring sunny skies during most of the day, with some showers and storms developing in the mid to late afternoon.  Look for a brisk and gusty breeze near the Atlantic coast.  Thursday’s highs will be near 90 degrees in the east coast metro area and in the low 90s along the Gulf coast.

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Friday will feature lots of sun and showers and a few storms on an ocean breeze during the mid to late afternoon.  Friday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Saturday’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with periods of showers and storms.  Highs on Saturday will be in the low 90s.

In the tropics, Fred came ashore along the Florida panhandle Monday afternoon as a strong tropical storm.  At 5 am Tuesday, now Tropical Depression Fred was located about 15 miles south-southwest of Columbus, Georgia.  Maximum sustained winds were 35 miles per hour, and Fred was moving north-northeast at 14 miles per hour.  Fred will bring flooding rains to parts of the South during the next day before dissipating over West Virginia.

Grace has regained tropical storm strength as it moves near Jamaica.  At 5 am, Tropical Storm Grace was located near 18.2 North, 75.4 West, about 165 miles east of Montego Bay, Jamaica.  Maximum sustained winds were 40 miles per hour, and Grace was moving west at 16 miles per hour.  Tropical storm warnings are in effect for the Cayman Islands and portions of the eastern and central Cuban coast.  Tropical storm watches are in effect for Haiti, Jamaica, and portions of the western coast of Cuba, and there’s now a hurricane watch for portions of the Yucatan.  Grace is expected to move near Jamaica on Tuesday, reach the Cayman Islands late on Tuesday, and eventually move over or near the Yucatan and enter the southern Gulf of Mexico before making a final landfall along the Mexican coast late in the week.

Finally, what was Tropical Depression # 8 is now Tropical Storm Henri.  At 5 am, Henri was located near 30.6 North, 63.7 West, about 135 miles south-southeast of Bermuda, where a tropical storm watch is in effect.  Maximum sustained winds were 50 miles per hour, and Henri was moving west-southwest at 5 miles per hour.  Henri is forecast to make a partial loop around Bermuda before moving to the northeast and away from land.

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.