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Thursday Florida Will Start With Sun Then More Showers And Storms; Watching The Tropics

Thursday features sun and clouds at times, but showers and storms will be around, especially in the afternoon and lasting into the evening.  Some of the storms could be strong.  Periods of heavy rain, gusty winds, and localized flooding are possible.  A moderate risk of dangerous rip currents is in place along the Palm Beach County coast.  Highs on Thursday will be mostly in the low 90s in the east coast metro area and in the upper 80s along the Gulf coast.

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Friday will bring some sun in the morning, along with plenty of showers and storms, especially in the afternoon.  Heavy rain and localized flooding are possible.  Friday’s highs will be in the low 90s in the east coast metro area and the upper 80s along the Gulf coast.

Saturday will feature a mix of sun, clouds, and periods of showers and storms, with most of the activity in the afternoon.  Saturday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

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Sunday morning will be mostly sunny with the chance of a shower or storm.  Storms will be back in the afternoon.  Sunday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Monday’s forecast calls for a mix of sun, clouds, and stormy periods.  Highs on Monday will be in the low 90s again.

In the tropics, Hurricane Earl continues to intensify and is forecast to become a major hurricane later today.  At 5 am, Earl was located near 28.2 North, 65.4 West, about 285 miles south of Bermuda.  Maximum sustained winds were 105 miles per hour, and Earl was moving north at 9 miles per hour.  A tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch are in effect for Bermuda, which will see the closest approach by Earl tonight into Friday morning.

Danielle is now a tropical storm, but it continues to roil the waters of the central Atlantic.  At 5 am, Tropical Storm Danielle was about 660 miles north-northwest of the Azores.  Maximum sustained winds were 70 miles per hour, and Danielle was moving northeast at 16 miles per hour.  Danielle is forecast to weaken, lose its tropical characteristics, execute a loop in the middle of the Atlantic, and then accelerate in the direction of Portugal and northwestern Spain early next week.

Elsewhere, the wave in the eastern Atlantic has a high chance of becoming a depression before it reaches an area that’s not favorable for development, which will happen in a few days.  And the wave that has just emerged from the African coast has a low chance of developing in 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.