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Sun And Showers For Florida; Tracking Hurricane Ida

Saturday features a mix of sun and clouds.  Look for mostly afternoon showers and storms along the Gulf coast, while the east coast metro area will see showers and a few storms on a brisk and sometimes gusty ocean breeze throughout the day. The Lower Keys will feel the effects of Hurricane Ida off to the west, so look for periods of heavy rain and gusty winds there.   A high risk of dangerous rip currents is in place at the Atlantic beaches.  Highs on Saturday will be near 90 degrees in the east coast metro area and in the low 90s along the Gulf coast — but it will feel much hotter everywhere.

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Sunday will be partly sunny with plenty of showers and some storms moving in during the mid to late afternoon.  Sunday’s highs will be near 90 degrees in the east coast metro area and in the low 90s along the Gulf coast.

Monday will bring good sun alternating with passing showers and storms throughout the day.  Monday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

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Tuesday will feature mostly sunny skies and some showers and a few storms in the mid to late afternoon.  Tuesday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Wednesday’s forecast calls for plenty of sun, a few clouds, passing showers, and a few storms in spots.  Highs on Wednesday will be in the low 90s.

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Ida is now a hurricane and is expected to intensify rapidly before reaching the Louisiana coast on Sunday.  At 5 am Saturday, Hurricane Ida was located near 24.0 North, 85.2 West, about 510 miles southeast of New Orleans.  Maximum sustained winds were 80 miles per hour, and Ida was moving northwest at 16 miles per hour.  A hurricane warning is in effect from Intracoastal City, Louisiana to the Pearl River (including New Orleans).  There’s a hurricane watch from Cameron, Louisiana to Intracoastal City, and from the Pearl River to the Mississippi/Alabama border. Ida will be a powerful and extremely dangerous hurricane — possibly a category 4 — at landfall.  People in the warning area need to prepare for destructive winds, flooding rains, and life-threatening storm surge of up to 10 to 15 feet.

The disturbance in the tropical central Atlantic is now Tropical Depression # 10.  At 5 am Saturday, TD # 10 was located near 14.0 North, 49.9 West, about 820 miles east-southeast of the Leeward Islands.  Maximum sustained winds were 35 miles per hour, and TD # 10 was moving north-northwest at 7 miles per hour.  While this system is expected to become a tropical storm, it is forecast to remain in the open waters of the Atlantic.

Elsewhere, the low several hundred miles east of Bermuda has a medium chance of developing into a depression early next week.  And a wave that will emerge from the African coast early next week has a medium chance of developing.

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.