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Hurricane Maria knocks out power in Puerto Rico, takes aim at Dominican Republic

Published: Saturday, September 16, 2017 @ 9:16 PM
Updated: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 3:13 AM

The latest track on hurricane Maria shows a major hurricane near the Bahamas early Friday.

Hurricane Maria has caused 100 percent of Puerto Rico to lose power. 

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As of early Thursday morning, Maria regained strength and is a Category 3 hurricane near the eastern Dominican Republic.

>> RELATED: Hurricane Maria live updates

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It could take months for power to be restored, and anyone who has power on the island is using a generator, according to reports.

>> RELATED: Maria destroys homes, triggers flooding in Puerto Rico

Maria is not a threat to the mainland U.S., according to the storm’s latest track. Maria is expected to curve back out to sea by the weekend, but there will be plenty to track. 

>> PHOTOS: Hurricane Maria slams Caribbean

Maria became the fourth major hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season on Monday. Maria is the second storm in the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season to become a Category 5 storm. 

 

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Several islands were already severally damaged from Hurricane Irma. Rain totals could reach as high as 20 inches in some of those spots producing life threatening flash flooding and mudslides. Hurricane and tropical storm force winds extend out from the center of the storm. 

On Monday, there were three active named storms in the Atlantic for the second time this season. Tropical Depression Lee was also active. 

Rain returns to start the work-week

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 7:16 AM

We can expect a sunny Sunday, with warmer temperatures in the middle 70s, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar.

Rain will move in Monday, especially during the afternoon and evening. Highs will be in the middle to upper 60s.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • More sun and warm today
  • Rain moves in Monday
  • Cooler temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday

DETAILED FORECAST

Today: A mix of sun and clouds is expected Sunday. Highs will be in the middle 70s.

(Graphics by: Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

Tonight: We'll see a few more clouds overnight tonight. It'll be a mild night with lows in the middle to upper 50s.

Monday: Showers move in on Monday, some of which could be heavy at times. The best chance to see the steady and possibly heavy rain will be in the afternoon and evening hours. While the chance for storms Monday isn’t all that high, we can’t rule out a rumble of thunder or two. Highs Monday will be in the middle to upper 60s.

Tuesday: A few lingering showers are possible Tuesday under mostly cloudy skies. Highs will be in the middle 50s.

Wednesday: A cool day is on tap for Wednesday. Highs will be in the lower 50s and while the chance for rain is small, a couple of passing showers can’t be ruled out.

Thursday: We should dry out Thursday under partly cloudy skies. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

Rain returns to start the work-week

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 5:02 AM

A pedestrian tries to keep dry on Clematis Street. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)
Lannis Waters/Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
A pedestrian tries to keep dry on Clematis Street. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)(Lannis Waters/Palm Beach Post Staff Writer)

We can expect a sunny Sunday ahead and warm temperatures, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. 

Rain should move into the area by Monday afternoon and evening, when the greatest chances will be.  Highs will be in the middle to upper 60s.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • More sun and warm today
  • Rain moves in Monday
  • Cooler temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday

DETAILED FORECAST

Today: A mix of sun and clouds is expected Sunday. Highs will be in the middle 70s.

(Graphics by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

Tonight: We'll see a few more clouds overnight tonight. It'll be a mild night with lows in the middle to upper 50s.

Monday: Showers move in on Monday, some of which could be heavy at times. The best chance to see the steady and possibly heavy rain will be in the afternoon and evening hours. While the chance for storms Monday isn’t all that high, we can’t rule out a rumble of thunder or two. Highs Monday will be in the middle to upper 60s.

Tuesday: A few lingering showers are possible Tuesday under mostly cloudy skies. Highs will be in the middle 50s.

Wednesday: A cool day is on tap for Wednesday. Highs will be in the lower 50s and while the chance for rain is small, a couple of passing showers can’t be ruled out.

Thursday: We should dry out Thursday under partly cloudy skies. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

Rain returns to start the workweek

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 5:38 AM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 5:40 PM

Saturday evening weather update with Meteorologist Brett Collar

A few lingering clouds are possible overnight, but for the most part we should be seeing more clearing, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Temperatures will be in the lower to middle 50s overnight.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Dry conditions this weekend
  • Rain moves in Monday
  • Cooler Tuesday and Wednesday

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5-Day Temperature Trend(Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

DETAILED FORECAST

Sunday: A mix of sun and clouds is expected. Highs will be in the middle 70s.

Monday: Showers move in, some of which could be heavy at times. The best chance to see the steady and possibly heavy rain will be in the afternoon and evening hours. While the chance for storms isn’t all that high, we can’t rule out a rumble of thunder or two. Highs will be in the middle to upper 60s.

Tuesday: A few lingering showers are possible under mostly cloudy skies. Highs will be in the middle 50s.

Wednesday: A cool day is on tap. Highs will be in the lower 50s and while the chance for rain is small, a couple of passing showers can’t be ruled out.

Thursday: We should dry out under partly cloudy skies. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

Clear skies for meteor shower this weekend

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 5:53 AM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 3:20 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini has a look at how cool we get and how active the meteor shower will be this weekend.

After finding Venus and Mars early in the week, another special treat awaits you in the early morning sky this weekend! 

>> Advice for best viewing of meteor shower

The Orionid meteor shower will put on a good show Friday night into Saturday morning, and Saturday night into Sunday morning.

Debris from Haley's comet will hit Earth's atmosphere. The Orionid shower gets its name because the meteors look like they are coming  from the constellation Orion. This year, 10 to 30 meteors per hour are possible. 

>> Warming trend continues; lower temps arrive next week

This weekend skies will cooperate for great viewing of the Orionid meteor shower!

Temperatures will drop into the middle 50s overnight Saturday into Sunday. The moon will set around 8:14 p.m. so skies will remain dark. Some high clouds will be out there Saturday night, but overall it will still be a good night to view.

>> #SkyWitness7

Get outside and grab a blanket, find a dark spot with a good view of the sky and let your eyes adjust to the darkness. If you capture any photos share them using the hashtag #SkyWitness7!