WEATHER

Palm Beach Daily News - - TODAY -

Cen­ter.

Re­gard­less of cy­clonic for­ma­tion, trop­i­cal waves can bring heavy rain to ar­eas of the Caribbean and South Florida. As of the 8 a.m. ad­vi­sory, the hur­ri­cane cen­ter is not ex­pect­ing this week­end’s trop­i­cal wave to de­velop into a de­pres­sion or storm.

The five-day fore­cast calls for South Florida to re­ceive more than 2 inches of rain through Mon­day.

East­erly wind of 15 to 20 mph will lead to con­tin­ued high risk of rip currents on At­lantic beaches through tonight, and this risk may con­tinue into the week­end.

The wet weather is not good news for Lake Okee­chobee, which stood at 17.2 feet on Tues­day. That’s nearly 2 feet above where the Army Corps of En­gi­neers prefers it for the safety of the Her­bert Hoover Dike.

High wa­ter lev­els in the lake also spell doom for plant life that can’t get enough sun­light in deeper wa­ter, which kicks off a down­ward spi­ral of the ecosys­tem, hurt­ing fish and wad­ing birds.

The National Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter is is­su­ing ad­vi­sories on Trop­i­cal Storm Ophe­lia, which formed Mon­day as the 15th named storm of the 2017 hur­ri­cane sea­son.

Ophe­lia, which is spin­ning 750 miles south­west of the Azores, is no threat to the United States.

The storm has 65 mph winds, and was fore­cast to be­come a hur­ri­cane Wednesday night or to­day. It is only ex­pected to reach Cat­e­gory 1 sta­tus with 85 mph winds be­fore be­com­ing ex­tra-trop­i­cal next week.

Lannis Wa­ters / Daily News

The sun rises Wednesday over Palm Beach. Palm Beach County could see show­ers and iso­lated thun­der­storms early to­day. The five-day fore­cast calls for South Florida to re­ceive more than 2 inches of rain through Mon­day.

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