Strong Storms Possible Friday Afternoon; Tracking The Tropics

By: Jim Howard, Matt Engelbrecht, Marvin Daugherty
By: Jim Howard, Matt Engelbrecht, Marvin Daugherty

The chance for showers and storms will increase a bit Friday afternoon and evening as a cold front approaches the area. Any storms that do fire up Friday afternoon could reach severe limits with wind gusts in excess of 60 mph, hailstones up to 1" in diameter, and frequent lightning. The probability of storms is around 30%. The mercury will be pushing the lower 90s inland, with heat index values approaching 102 degrees.

The front should push through the region by Saturday evening, with scattered showers and storms possible during much of the day.

More comfortable air will move in behind the front on Sunday, with highs in the middle 80s. Mostly sunny skies can be expected from Sunday into early next week.

Tropics
A weak area of low pressure was located just east of Puerto Rico Friday morning. The circulation has a good chance (80%) of becoming a tropical storm within the next 5 days . The system is moving west-northwest about 20 mph and will reach the eastern Bahamas late Saturday. The next name on the storm list is Cristobal.


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