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Hot With Some Storms; Cat 5 Hurricane Maria Slams Leeward Islands

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leewardFlorida’s southwest coast will be hot with a few storms on Tuesday, but well to our southeast, Hurricane Maria is slamming into the hurricane-weary Leeward Islands. Our Tuesday features good sun followed by afternoon storms forming where the Gulf breeze and a strong Atlantic sea breeze collide. Highs on Tuesday will be in the low 90s.

Wednesday will bring more of the same — lots of sun and then some afternoon storms. Wednesday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Thursday’s forecast includes plenty of sun and afternoon storms in spots. Highs on Thursday will be near 90 degrees.

Friday will bring good sun and a afternoon storm or two on the first day of autumn. Highs on Friday will be near 90 degrees.

Our pattern of sun with a few late-day storms continues on Saturday. Saturday’s highs will be near 90 degrees.

Hurricane Maria rapidly intensified on Monday and is yet another category 5 hurricane. At 5 am Tuesday, it was located near 16.0 North, 62.3 West, and was moving west-northwest at 9 miles per hour. By 5:10 am, Maria had maximum sustained winds of 160 miles per hour, despite passing over the mountainous terrain of Dominica. Maria’s forecast track will bring the system near Puerto Rico and the southeastern Bahamas before taking a more northward turn away from Florida. But this is a dangerous hurricane, so we’ll continue to watch it closely throughout the week.

Elsewhere, Hurricane Jose is hanging off the U.S. coast with top winds of 75 miles per hour. At 5 am Tuesday, Jose was located near 36.0 North, 71.3 West, and was moving north at 9 miles per hour. And what was Tropical Depression Lee is now a remnant low.

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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.