July 23, 2010

Tropical Storm Bonnie turns South Florida wet, windy

Bursts of wet weather, courtesy of Tropical Storm Bonnie, started during the commute Friday morning in South Florida, with heavy rains in Broward and Miami-Dade, forecasters said. As of 8 a.m., Bonnie was about 80 miles south-southeast of Miami.

Bonnie has picked up speed and for South Florida, the worst of it will likely continue into the early afternoon hours. ``It's going to be wet. It's going to be windy,'' said Robert Molleda, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Miami. ``Tropical storm force winds may not seem as threatening as a hurricane, but they're still pretty dangerous.'' Forecasters predict sustained winds of up to 40 miles an hour and anywhere from two to three inches of rain for the region, with some pockets getting closer to five.
``The squalls will come in pretty fast, and can go from relatively calm to torrential downpours,'' Molleda said.

Friday's 8 a.m. advisory warned that heavy squalls were approaching as Bonnie nears South Florida. The storm is not expected to strengthen as it moves through South Florida.
With a storm like Bonnie, the worst conditions are north of the storm's center, placing Florida in line for the strongest weather.

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