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UPDATED: Sunny and Hot Here, Dorian Pounds NC Coast

  Here in South Florida, Friday features lots of sun with a few clouds at times.  The east coast could see a stray afternoon storm.  An elevated risk of dangerous rip currents remains in place at the Atlantic beaches, and the rip current risk will be on the increase at the Gulf beaches on Friday and into the weekend.  Highs on Friday will be in the low to mid 90s in the east coast metro area and in the interior, while the Gulf coast will see temperatures top out near 90 degrees.  But all of South Florida will feel at least 10 degrees hotter on Friday.

Saturday will feature mostly sunny skies again, with the chance of a morning shower along the Gulf coast.  Saturday’s highs will be in the low to mid 90s — but it will feel more like 105.

Sunday will bring good sun, a few clouds, and maybe a quick shower, especially along the Gulf coast.  Sunday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Look for plenty of sun, a few clouds, a few morning showers, and afternoon storms in spots.  Monday’s highs will be near 90 degrees.

Tuesday’s forecast includes good sun, clouds at times, and a few mostly afternoon showers and storms.  Highs on Tuesday will be near 90 degrees.

Hurricane Dorian is just off the North Carolina Outer Banks early on Friday.  At 5 am, Dorian was located 35.2 North, 75.7 West, about 10 miles west-southwest of Cape Hatteras.  Maximum sustained winds were 90 miles per hour.  Dorian was moving northeast at 14 miles per hour.  Hurricane force winds, heavy rain, life-threatening storm surge, and isolated tornadoes are all expected along the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and landfall there is still possible.  Coastal Virginia will see at least tropical storm force winds, life-threatening storm surge, heavy rain, and isolated tornadoes later on Friday.  Then Dorian will zip northeast, bringing tropical storm force gusts and rough seas to extreme southeastern Massachusetts Friday night and early on Saturday.  Watches and warnings are also in effect for portions of the Canadian Maritime provinces, which are also in Dorian’s path.

Elsewhere in the busy tropics, Gabrielle has temporarily lost its tropical characteristics in the open Atlantic early Friday, but it’s expected to regenerate into a tropical storm this weekend.  At 5 am Friday, Gabrielle was located near 25.5 North, 37.6 West, and was moving northwest at 12 miles per hour.  Maximum sustained winds were 40 miles per hour.  Gabrielle is not a threat to land.

We’re also watching that low pressure northeast of Bermuda, which is about to encounter conditions that will stifle its development.  There’s also an area of low pressure well east of the Lesser Antilles, and this feature has a low chance of development during the next few days as it moves northwestward.  And we continue to keep an eye on a strong wave in the far eastern Atlantic which has a high chance of developing into a depression as it moves westward past the Cape Verde Islands.

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By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com, certified Meteorologist, Sept. 6, 2019

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.