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Sun And Storms Today; Closely Tracking Hurricane Irma

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IrmaFlorida’s southwest coast will see sun and some storms on Sunday as we watch Hurricane Irma in the Atlantic. In our neighborhood, Sunday will bring good sun, a few clouds, and late-day storms in spots, especially in the eastern portions of the metro area and the interior. Highs on Sunday will near 90 degrees.

IrmaLabor Day will bring plenty of sun and building clouds and late-day storms along the Gulf breeze. Monday’s highs will be mostly in the sweltering mid 90s.

Tuesday will see plenty of sun, followed by building clouds and storms during the late afternoon and early evening. Tuesday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Look for sun to start on Wednesday, with afternoon storms forming on the Gulf breeze. Thursday will be on the rainy side, with passing showers and storms. Highs on Thursday will be in the low 90s.

We continue to watch powerful Hurricane Irma closely. At 5 am Sunday, Irma was located near 18.0 North, 47.5 West, and was moving west-southwest at 15 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds were 115 miles per hour, and strengthening is likely as Irma moves into warmer waters. Irma is forecast to be near the Lesser Antilles by midweek and near the southeastern Bahamas by late in the workweek. Computer models are not yet in agreement on the track beyond that point. But it is likely that our area could be in the four and five day forecast cone soon. The message right now is to make sure you have a hurricane plan and pick up any items that you need for your hurricane supplies — just in case. Then we’ll watch Irma carefully for the timing of a turn to the west and then west-northwest in a day or two — critical in forecasting the hurricane’s future track.

Elsewhere the tropics, the wave that’s a few hundred miles west of the Cape Verde Islands has a high chance of becoming 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.