First Warning Forecast: Rain, storms, and a flooding threat today

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Posted at 5:22 AM, Jul 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-02 11:16:22-04

Meteorologist Myles Henderson’s First Warning Forecast

A flooding risk to end the week… Rain and storms will continue today as a cold front moves through the area. Expect mostly cloudy skies with rain and storms through most of the day. We will see widespread rain this morning to midday with scattered showers and storms this afternoon to evening. Heavy downpours could trigger localized flooding and most of the area will get 1” to 2” of rainfall, with locally higher totals. Strong to severe storms are possible. Temperatures will struggle to reach 80 this afternoon.

Get ready for a nice holiday weekend! We will see a mix of sun and clouds on Saturday with highs in the low 80s. An isolated shower may sneak in but most of the day will be dry. We will see mostly sunny skies on Sunday with highs in the mid 80s.

Keep an eye on Hurricane Elsa. It will approach Florida early next week and could move up the East coast for the second half of next week.

Today: Mostly Cloudy, Rain & Storms. Highs near 80. Winds: SW/W 5-15

Tonight: Mostly Cloudy, Scattered Showers. Lows in the mid 60s. Winds: W/NW 5-10

Tomorrow: Mostly Sunny to Partly Cloudy. Highs in the low 80s. Winds: NW 5-15

Weather & Health

Pollen: Low (Grasses)

UV Index: 2 (Low)

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: Extreme

Tropical Update
Elsa bringing hurricane conditions to the Windward Islands. Hurricane Elsa is centered about 5 miles north of St. Vincent or about 675 miles ESE of the Dominican Republic and moving WNW at 29 mph.

Elsa will move away from the Windward Islands during the next several hours, move across the eastern Caribbean Sea later today and tonight, and move near the southern coast of Hispaniola late Saturday or Saturday night. By Sunday, Elsa is forecast to move near Jamaica and portions of eastern Cuba and move near portions of central and western Cuba Sunday night and early Monday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours. Some decrease in winds is possible on Monday as Elsa interacts with Cuba.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles.

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