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Watching the Tropics Closely

two_atl_5d0By Donna Thomas, EyesOnNews.com Meteorologist, Aug 23, 2014 – South Florida should keep a very close eye on the tropics this weekend, even as our summertime heat continues. The disturbance that is now near Hispaniola will move over the southeastern Bahamas and Turks and Caicos on Saturday and into the central Bahamas on Sunday, bringing tropical storm force winds and heavy rain. As of early Saturday, the disturbance did not have a closed circulation, but that will change as it moves away from the mountains of Hispaniola. There’s a high chance Tropical Storm Cristobal will form this weekend, and tropical storm warnings would be issued for all or most of the Bahamas. People in the Bahamas should begin preparations for tropical storm conditions even before those warnings are issued. While, as of early Saturday, most of the reliable computer models indicate a northward turn for the system east of South Florida, just how close the system will come to our area is still undetermined. A close approach could bring heavy rains and gusty winds to South Florida on Monday, Tuesday, and possibly early Wednesday. Whatever happens with this system, hurricane season is far from over. If you haven’t yet done so, review your hurricane plan and make sure you have the supplies you’d need.

As for our weekend, we’ll see some quick early showers and a few inland afternoon storms on both Saturday and Sunday. Highs will be in the low 90s both days. We could see very stormy conditions early next week, and it will all depend on the tropics.

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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.