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.
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.