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Stormy Thursday For Florida; Tracking Tropical Storm Fiona

Thursday features plenty of storms, cloudy skies, and periods of showers throughout the day and into the evening.  Heavy rain and localized flooding are likely.  A high risk of dangerous rip currents remains along the Palm Beach County coast, and there’s a moderate rip current risk at the beaches of Broward and Miami-Dade.  Highs on Thursday will be in the upper 80s close to the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and near 90 degrees elsewhere.

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Friday will bring periods of showers and a few storms in spots throughout the day and in the evening.  Heavy rain is possible at times, which will lead to additional localized flooding.  The east coast metro area will also see some sun at times, while the Gulf coast will be cloudy.  Friday’s highs will be mostly in the upper 80s.

Saturday will feature mostly sunny skies and passing storms in the morning.  Showers will move in during the afternoon and last through the evening.  Saturday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Sunday will see a mix of sun and clouds.  Look for passing storms in the morning and lots of showers in the afternoon.  Sunday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Monday’s forecast calls for good sun with periods of showers and storms.  Highs on Monday will be in the low 90s.

In the tropics, Tropical Depression # 7 is now Tropical Storm Fiona.  At 5 am, Fiona was located near 16.6 North, 53.0 West, about 580 miles east of the Leeward Islands, where there are now tropical storm watches.  Maximum sustained winds were 50 miles per hour, and Fiona was moving west at 13 miles per hour.  Fiona is forecast to move through the Leeward Islands on Friday.  Watches and warnings are likely for the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico later today.  Computer models are not yet in agreement on Fiona’s track after the weekend.  We’ll need to keep a close eye on Fiona during the coming 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.