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Sun And Storms Today; Watching The Tropics

Storms Today

Storms TodaySouth Florida will see both sun and storms today. The day features periods of sun, some late morning showers on a strong ocean breeze, an elevated risk of dangerous rip currents at the Atlantic beaches (a high risk in Palm Beach County), and afternoon storms forming along the sea breeze. Heavy rainfall is possible in spots, and we could see some localized flooding. Highs on Saturday will be near 90 degrees.

Sunday will see some sun and not quite as many showers and storms, and rip currents will continue to be a hazard at the Atlantic beaches. Sunday’s highs will be near 90 degrees.

Moisture will linger as the workweek begins on Monday, so look for sun and passing showers and storms. Highs on Monday will be near 90 degrees.

Tuesday will bring a few early showers, afternoon storms in spots, and a mix of sun and clouds. Tuesday’s highs will be near 90 degrees.

Drier air will influence our weather on Wednesday, so we’ll see sun, clouds, and just a few showers, mostly in southern parts of the area. Highs on Wednesday will be near 90 degrees.

Storms TodayIn the tropics, Hurricane Maria is passing east of the central and northwestern Bahamas. At 5 am Saturday, Maria was located near 24.8 North, 72.0 West, and was moving north-northwest at 9 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds were 120 miles per hour. Maria will bring rough surf and rip currents to the southeast U.S. coast this weekend.


Elsewhere, we have a regenerated (but weak) Tropical Storm Lee. Early on Saturday, it was located near 31.9 North, 49.2 West, and was moving north at 6 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds were 40 miles per hour. Lee is expected to remain in the central Atlantic.

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.