Wednesday’s First Warning Forecast: More rain to end the week

Posted at 5:26 AM, Aug 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-31 09:10:12-04

Meteorologist Myles Henderson’s First Warning Forecast

More rain chances to end the week… Tropical Depression Eight will continue to move away from the North Carolina coast today. Expect another day of rough surf and a high risk for rip currents. A few isolated showers are possible but most areas will just see partly cloudy skies. Highs today will reach into the mind and upper 80s.

We are tracking a non-tropical area of low pressure that will move up the East Coast for Thursday as a cold front builds in from the west. This combo will increase our chance for showers and storms, especially for tomorrow afternoon and evening. Highs will return to the mid and upper 80s.

Tropical Depression Nine will likely strengthen to a tropical storm today, will impact northern Florida tomorrow and will move up the East Coast on Friday. We will see scattered showers/storms, gusty winds and rough surf for Friday and to start the weekend.

Today: Partly Cloudy, Isolated Showers/Storms (20%). Highs in the mid to upper 80s. Winds: NE 5-15

Tonight: Partly Cloudy, Isolated Showers/Storms (20%). Lows in the mid 70s. Winds: E/S 5-10

Tomorrow: Sun & Clouds, Scattered Showers/Storms (50%). Highs in the mid to upper 80s. Winds: W/N 5-10

Weather & Health 

Pollen: Moderate-High (Ragweed, Grasses)

UV Index: 8 (Very High)

Air Quality: Moderate (Code Yellow)

Mosquitoes: Extreme

Tropical Update

Tropical Depression 8 is slowly moving northeast, away from the North Carolina coast. TD 8 is centered about 75 miles ESE of Cape Hatteras and moving NE at 5 mph. This general motion with an increase in forward speed is forecast during the next day or so. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is still possible and the depression could become a tropical storm later today.

Tropical Depression 9 is about 425 miles SW of Tampa, Florida and moving north at 2 mph. A NNE motion at a faster forward speed is expected to begin later today and a turn toward the northeast is forecast tonight. On the forecast track, the center of the tropical cyclone will approach the northwest Florida coast on Thursday afternoon. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm later today and could be near hurricane strength by the time landfall occurs.

Hurricane Gaston remain in the north-central Atlantic. Gaston is 850 miles east of Bermuda and moving NE at 9 mph. Maximum sustained winds remain near 120 mph with higher gusts. Gaston is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Little change in strength is expected today, but weakening should begin tonight or early Thursday.

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