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Sun, Showers And Storms For Florida Sunday; Fiona Expected To Become A Hurricane Today

Sunday features sun and clouds to start.  Showers and storms will move in during the late morning, giving way to just showers in the late afternoon.  Heavy rain and localized flooding are possible.  A moderate risk of dangerous rip currents remains at the Atlantic beaches.  Highs on Sunday will be in the upper 80s.

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Monday will bring clouds, showers, and storms to the east coast metro area, while the Gulf coast will start with a mix of sun and clouds, with showers and storms becoming widespread in the afternoon.  Localized flooding is possible.  Monday’s highs will be in the upper 80s right at the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and near 90 degrees elsewhere.

Tuesday will feature mostly sunny skies with periods of showers and storms, especially in the afternoon.  Tuesday’s highs will be near 90 degrees in the east coast metro area and in the low 90s along the Gulf coast.

Wednesday will be another day of sun, clouds, and a storm or shower in the morning, with showers and storms returning in the afternoon.  Look for an increasing risk of dangerous rip currents at the Atlantic beaches for the next few days.  Wednesday’s highs will be near 90 degrees in the east coast metro area and in the low 90s along the Gulf coast.

Thursday’s forecast calls for a mix of sun and clouds with periods of showers and storms in the afternoon.  Highs on Thursday will be near 90 degrees in the east coast metro area and in the low 90s along the Gulf coast.

Tropical Storm Fiona is expected to become a hurricane later today as it closes in on Puerto Rico.  At 5 am, Fiona was located near 17.1 North, 65.8 West, about 80 miles southeast of Ponce, Puerto Rico.  Maximum sustained winds were 65 miles per hour, and Fiona was moving west-northwest at 8 miles per hour.  A hurricane warning is in effect for Puerto Rico and portions of the coast of the Dominican Republic, and there are tropical storm watches for the Turks and Caicos and the southeastern Bahamas.  Puerto Rico can expect hurricane conditions, including heavy rains that could lead to life-threatening mudslides. While Fiona is expected to stay well east of South Florida, there could be impacts in the central and northern Bahamas.  We’ll continue to keep a close eye on it.

Elsewhere, the wave in the central Atlantic has a low chance of developing as it makes its way into the open ocean during the next five 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.

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