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Stormy Day Ahead

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stormyStormy days are ahead for South Florida starting on Friday as a tropical disturbance slides northward off our coast. Look for plenty of clouds and periods of showers and storms on Friday, with heavy downpours in spots. Localized flooding is possible, especially in areas where debris from Irma has clogged storm drains. A moderate risk of rip currents remains in place for the beaches of Palm Beach County, but the risk is somewhat lower at other Atlantic beaches. Highs on Friday will be in the mid to upper 80s.

stormyShowers and storms will pass by overnight, and Saturday features some sun, more clouds, showers, and storms. Localized flooding is possible again in some spots. Saturday’s highs will be in the upper 80s.

Look for a bit of sun and mostly clouds and passing showers and storms on Sunday. Highs on Sunday will be in the upper 80s.

Monday will be breezy, and we’ll see passing showers and storms along with some sun. Monday’s highs will be in the upper 80s.

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Tuesday will be another breezy day with periods of showers and storms. Highs on Tuesday will be in the upper 80s.

stormyIn the tropics, the area of disturbed weather to our south has a medium chance of becoming into a depression over the weekend, before upper level winds inhibit development. But the real concern with this system is rainfall — and we’re likely to see about 3 inches overall, with more rainfall possible in some locations. Elsewhere, Tropical Storm Maria is finally racing out to sea, as is Hurricane Lee. At 5 am Friday, Maria was located near 37.2 North, 63.3 West, and was moving east at 21 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds were 60 miles per hour. Lee was located near 38.3 North, 52.4 West, and was zipping northeast at 25 miles per hour. Lee’s maximum sustained winds were down to 75 miles per hour — and we’re glad to see both of them go away.

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.