Developing Storm Brings Gale Conditions To Florida
The last 48 hours has brought gale force winds and flooding rains to the east coasts of South and Central Florida. A possibly developing sub-tropical storm at the time (never fully developed) off the Florida east coast, along with strong high pressure over the Mid-Atlantic states, has helped to produce a tight pressure gradient making for very strong and gusty winds. This also lead to heavy rain bands training over the same locations and dropping 3-7 inches of rain in some locations all day Saturday.
The strong winds have also produced extremely rough and chaotic Atlantic waves from Miami to Jacksonville, and causing some significant beach erosion situations up and down the coast. Winds have been sustained in the lower 30’s and gusting up to 45mph over the coastal beaches and offshore. This has produced some minor tree damage along the coast, and sailboat damage in the intercoastal waterway near the Jensen Beach causeway bridge on Saturday as seen in the storm pictures above.
This is actually the closest Florida has gotten to experiencing any type of tropical system all hurricane season long, and might be the last for 2011 unless there is a late October surprise out of the Caribbean Sea.
The strong winds and heavy rain are forecast to relax starting tomorrow as the low pressure system weakens and lifts to the north taking the bulk of the weather up the southeast coast.
Note: Some of my storm video I shot over the weekend of this event is now airing on The Weather Channel 10/9/11.