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Windy And Cooler Today; Florida Is Watching The Tropics

Tuesday features good sun and very breezy conditions as the first strong front of the season clears our area.  A high risk of dangerous rip currents is in place at the Atlantic beaches through at least Thursday evening.  Highs on Tuesday will be near 80 degrees.

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Wednesday will be sunny and very breezy.  Wednesday’s highs will be in the low 80s.

Thursday will see the return of afternoon showers.  Otherwise, the day will be mostly sunny and very breezy once again.  Thursday’s highs will be mostly in the mid-80s.

Friday will feature a mix of sun and clouds, a strong and sometimes gusty breeze, and afternoon showers.  Friday’s highs will be in the mid-80s.

Saturday’s forecast includes sun, clouds, and showers on a brisk breeze.  Highs on Saturday will be in the low 80s.

In the tropics, Hurricane Eta underwent rapid intensification on Monday.  A hurricane disaster is in the making as Eta reaches the Central American coast.
At 5 am Tuesday, Eta was located near 13.8 North, 83.1 West, about 25 miles southeast of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua.  Maximum sustained winds were 150 miles per hour.  Eta was moving west-southwest at 5 miles per hour.  A hurricane warning is in effect for portions of the Nicaraguan coast, and a tropical storm warning and hurricane watch are up for portions of the coast of Honduras.  Eta will bring life-threatening flash flooding and storm surge, along with devastating winds to the warning areas.

Here in South Florida, we’ll need to watch the tropics closely late this week and early next week, as what’s left of Eta reenters the Caribbean and moves generally northeastward. The National Hurricane Center’s forecast calls for Eta to regain tropical storm status.  A threat to our area is not out of the question.  Remember, hurricane season lasts through the end of November, and November storms have happened in South Florida’s past.

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.