The low pressure system spinning in Florida’s Big Bend area will continue to send wet weather into Palm Beach County today, before retreating west Wednesday.
A 70 percent chance of rain is expected today with showers diminishing this evening as winds begin to shift more out of the east and stay that way into Friday.
It’s that deep tropical moisture flowing in from the south from the cyclonic spin of the system in the Gulf that is bringing all the moisture into South Florida.
Miami meteorologists said there is a moderate chance of thunderstorms, with a main concern being gusty winds and lightning.
A lightning death Friday on Florida’s Okaloosa Island brings the number of lightning fatalities in Florida to six. According to WEAR TV the victim was a 22-year-old man who rented beach umbrellas.
There have been 22 lightning deaths nationwide. The average for this time of year is 24, said NWS lightning expert John Jensenius.
The Tampa area has been one of the hardest hit regions by the stubborn system. Flood watches remain in effect today for Levy, Hernando, Citrus and Pasco counties.
At least two inches of rain is expected near Tampa today.
“As for today, abundant tropical moisture combined with the lingering surface and mid-level low will again support numerous showers and a few storms over the region with slow moving bands of rain or the training of cells keeping a threat of some very heavy rain and possible flooding over the forecast area,” meteorologists wrote in their morning discussion.
A high pressure system building in the western Atlantic will help turn off the gushing showers.
Through the weekend, the high is expected to strengthen and remain mostly stationary with the best chances of rain happening on the west coast and inland.