Some big rains Saturday, but not as stormy Sunday!
SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Saturday’s storms were slow-moving, resulting in some big rains. While SRQ reported only 0.01″, the south side of Sarasota received 3.54″! Across Lakewood Ranch, the west side reported almost four inches (3.94″), the east side 1.79″, the north Lakewood Ranch only 0.05″. Slightly drier air moves over the Suncoast for Sunday so afternoon storms will be minimal today and to start the workweek. Even drier air moves in the end the week giving us several dry days with Florida sunshine!
Fiona is now a hurricane. Winds have increased to near 80 mph with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours while Fiona moves to western Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Computer models have Fiona staying on track for a turn more to the north and then northeast during the week which will take it out into the open ocean waters. In Puerto Rico rainfall of 12 to 16 inches will fall with some areas getting up to 25 inches, particularly across eastern and southern Puerto Rico. Storm surges of 1 to 3 feet will occur on the coasts.
For the northern and eastern Dominican Republic rainfall of 4 to 8 inches with some local 12-inch totals.
There is one other small tropical disturbance in the middle of the Atlantic. This one only has a 20% chance of developing in the next 5 days. So except for Fiona, hurricane season stays quiet for now.
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