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Summery Weather; Harvey Leaves Death And Destruction; Watching Irma

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SummeryThe weather along Florida’s southwest coast is summery with storms as we watch the tropics for the progress of recently-formed Tropical Storm Irma. Here at home, Thursday features hot sun and a few clouds early in the day, followed by building clouds and storms forming along the Gulf breeze in the afternoon. While most of the storms will be in the interior, any lingering in the metro areas will move slowly and dump plenty of rain — so localized flooding is possible in some spots. Highs on Thursday will be in low 90s at the coast and the sticky mid 90s elsewhere.

SummeryFriday will bring hot sun to start and more widespread late-day storms. Friday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

After some overnight showers and storms, Saturday will feature good sun, a few early clouds, and late-day storms. Saturday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Look for plenty of sun on Sunday, with a few (mostly inland) afternoon storms. Sunday’s highs will be in the low to mid 90s.

The forecast for Labor Day includes lots of sun, a few clouds, and a late-day storm or two. Highs on Monday will be mostly in the low 90s.

SummeryIn the tropics, we’re watching Irma, a tropical storm that’s on the verge of reaching hurricane strength. At 5 am Thursday, Irma was located near 16.5 North, 32.9 West, and was moving west at 12 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds were 70 miles per hour. Irma poses a potential threat to the Lesser Antilles next week. We’ll keep a close eye on where it goes.

SummeryElsewhere, Harvey’s remnants are inland in Louisiana, and parts of the Mississippi Valley can expect heavy rains from this record-breaking system. Unfortunately, flood waters have not yet crested in hard-hit portions of southeastern Texas.

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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.