SW Florida weather: More tropical rain on way

SW Florida weather: More tropical rain on way


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■UPDATE: Tropical Storm Karen forms in Gulf of Mexico

Tropical moisture is continuing to feed into Southwest Florida as expected, so today, we will continue with more cloud cover in the mix than what we've seen the past few days. Thursday morning starts with mainly cloudy skies and temperatures in the low to mid 70s.

The question will be just how much rain do we see. Our weather here in Southwest Florida is dependent upon what happens with an area of disturbed weather heading into the Gulf of Mexico. This could become the next tropical depression or even tropical storm. The tracks keep this system moving through the central Gulf and headed toward the northern Gulf coast. While this system, whatever it may become, is not headed to Southwest Florida, it will help to transport tropical moisture into our area.

Coverage of showers and storms today will be around 60 percent. We'll likely see similar coverage of rain Friday and slightly less on Saturday. For this afternoon, we're looking at around a quarter-inch of rain for many places, but some areas will have bigger downpours and higher amounts.

Meanwhile, Tropical Depression Jerry is expected to weaken in the Atlantic. The depression's maximum sustained winds early Thursday are near 35 mph. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the depression is expected to become a remnant low on Friday.

Jerry is centered about 985 miles west-southwest of the Azores and is moving northeast near 9 mph. The depression isn't currently threatening any land.

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