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Hot Sun And Storms; Tracking Hurricane Irma

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hot sunFlorida’s southwest coast will see hot sun and some storms on Saturday as the holiday weekend begins. We’ll also watch Hurricane Irma as it makes its way in the Atlantic. Here at home, Saturday features good sun to start, a few clouds, and some late-day storms. Periods of heavy rain and gusty winds are possible at times. Highs on Saturday will be in the low 90s.

hot sunSunday will bring lower storm chances, but any storms that do pop up will linger and cause heavy downpours and possible localized flooding. Sunday’s highs will be in the low 90s in the metro areas and the mid 90s in the interior.

Labor Day will see plenty of sun, a few early clouds, and late-day storms along the Gulf breeze. Monday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Tuesday will be another typical early September day — plenty of sun followed by building clouds and storms in spots during the afternoon. Tuesday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Look for more widespread storms on Wednesday, but we’ll have periods of sun as well. Wednesday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

hot sunHurricane Irma has fluctuated in strength but remains a powerful storm. At 5 am Saturday, Irma was located near 19.0 North, 41.8 West, and was moving west at 14 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds were 110 miles per hour. Irma is expected to regain major hurricane status as it moves into warmer waters. It should be near the Lesser Antilles on Wednesday, but computer models are not in agreement as to its track beyond that point. The Bahamas should be especially aware of Irma’s potential threat — but we’ll all watch Irma closely this weekend and beyond.

Elsewhere in the tropics, the wave in the eastern Atlantic has a medium chance of developing into a depression during the next 5 days.

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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.