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Sun and Showers Again For Florida, Tropics Still Very Busy

Wednesday features good sun to start, followed by showers and storms in the afternoon.  A high risk of dangerous rip currents is in place along the Palm Beach County coast, and there’s a moderate rip current risk at the beaches of Miami-Dade and Broward.  Highs on Wednesday will be in the upper 80s right at the coasts and a few degrees warmer inland.

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Thursday will bring sun, clouds, and periods of showers to the Gulf coast, while the east coast metro area will see good sun in the morning and some afternoon showers.  Thursday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Friday will feature good sun and some afternoon showers and storms, especially along the Gulf coast and in the interior.  Friday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Saturday will see mostly sunny skies in the morning and widespread showers and a few storms in the afternoon.  Saturday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Sunday’s forecast calls for good sun alternating with periods of showers and storms.  Highs on Sunday will be near 90 degrees.

In the busy tropics, Hurricane Sally is bringing severe flooding and damaging winds as it nears the northern Gulf coast.  At 5 am, Sally was located near 30.1 North, 87.7 West, about 40 miles southwest of Pensacola — but the region has been under hurricane conditions for some time since Sally was moving at only 3 miles per hour.  Maximum sustained winds were 105 miles per hour.   Portions of the northern Gulf coast and inland Alabama and Georgia can expect historic flooding before Sally finally dissipates in a few days.

We have three other named storms to track.  Hurricane Paulette is zipping through the northern Atlantic.  At 5 am on Wednesday, Paulette still had maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour.  Tropical Storm Vicky is poorly organized and should weaken soon.  Early on Wednesday, Vicky still has maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour.

Our third named system is Hurricane Teddy, and it could pose a threat to Bermuda early next week.  At 5 am Wednesday, Teddy was located near 15.8 North, 45.0 West, about 820 miles from the Lesser Antilles.  Teddy was moving northwest at 12 miles per hour.  Maximum sustained winds were 100 miles per hour, but Teddy is forecast to become a major hurricane.


Elsewhere, there are three other features to watch.  One is a low in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico that has a medium chance of development before reaching the Mexican coast.  Another is a non-tropical low well north of the Azores, and this feature has a low chance of developing as it moves generally southward.  Finally, we will keep an eye on a wave in the eastern Atlantic which has a high chance of becoming a depression in the next several 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.