Update 3:20 p.m.: The National Weather Service in Miami has cancelled a flood watch for Palm Beach County.
Previous story: A flood watch has been extended for Palm Beach County through midnight with widespread rainfall expected to continue throughout today.
As much as 2 inches of rain with locally heavier amounts is possible as saturated air from tropical depression nine continues to flow into South Florida.
As of late Tuesday, Palm Beach International Airport had received 2.03 inches of rain, well shy of the record for Aug. 30 of 3.68 inches. National Weather Service forecasters in Miami said this morning they received no reports of flooding in Palm Beach County.
Still, the Weather Prediction Center upgraded Central and South Florida’s chances of excessive rainfall today to slight, meaning there is a 5 to 10 percent chance that enough rain will fall to cause flooding problems.
Center forecasters said the highest chances for rain today begin at about 2 p.m. and will last through 11 p.m.
“The stage is set for widespread moderate to heavy rains for central to South Florida,” forecasters wrote. “High resolution guidance is very wet, showing either strips of 7-plus totals or local maximum of 5 to 7 inches.”
While tropical depression nine is not expected to track across South Florida directly, its bands of rain and unsettled weather will affect South Florida through at least Thursday with periods of heavy showers and gusty winds.
National Weather Service forecasters in Miami were most concerned this morning about areas with poor drainage or in low lying areas where flooding can be a regular problem.
This morning’s radar was mostly clear over Palm Beach County, but pop up showers can be expected at anytime.
Today’s high temperature in West Palm Beach is expected to reach 88 degrees with a 70 percent chance of showers.
An advisory for a high risk of rip currents is still in effect for Palm Beach County and seas are expected to reach between 3 to 5 feet with southerly winds up to 23 mph and stronger gusts.