SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - The southwest wind pattern hangs in another day for the Suncoast. We get a few morning showers and a possible thunderstorm in the morning hours, and with steady increasing rain chances, a better chance for thunderstorms and possible severe weather in the afternoon and evening. This pattern will shift this weekend. Our southwest wind will turn southeast and Saturdays storms will build inland first and then drift toward the coast in the later afternoon and evening.
Hurricane hunter aircraft have found stronger winds in Tropical Depression 13 and it has now been classified as a 45mph tropical storm named Laura. The forecast beyond Sunday is dependent on what happens with our Laura. As of this morning it is looking ragged and suffering from the effects of wind shear and dry air. Hurricane Hunter have identified the center of the storm as being south of what was previously thought and This will increase its chance of interacting with the mountains of Hispaniola, which could disrupt its circulation. The new track will be out at 11 and will reflect the change. The present forecast is very low confidence and the next 36 hours will be critical in firming up the future of the system and getting a better idea of the possible impacts on Florida.