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November 4, 2013

Wind, flooding, rip currents expected in South Florida through Wednesday

Gusty winds prompted weather officials to issue a gale warning until Tuesday afternoon.

The quiet 2013 Atlantic hurricane season is nearing a close, but forecasters say gusty winds, coastal flooding and rip currents will make South Florida feel like a storm zone the early part of this week.

The National Weather Service in Miami issued a gale warning in effect through Tuesday afternoon, warning boaters in Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic to brace for winds 40 mph and stronger.

“It is highly recommended that mariners without the proper experience seek safe harbor prior to the onset of gale conditions,” the weather service said in an advisory Monday afternoon.

Those on land should feel the effects, too. The strongest gusts will blow across the region Tuesday morning, mostly concentrated east of Interstate 95.

Water conditions are expected to be choppy to rough through Wednesday, with waves swelling to 13 feet — higher near the Gulf Stream.

That will create a strong rip current off South Florida beaches through Wednesday. The weather service recommended staying out of the ocean until rip currents subside toward the end of the week.

Forecasters also say that high-tide conditions will be extreme on Tuesday and Wednesday, when the gravitational pull of a new moon is at its peak. Expect street flooding and standing water during mid-morning and mid-evening in flood-prone parts of Miami Beach, Miami Shores, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale and elsewhere.

Besides gale-force winds, rough seas and flooded streets, the rest of the forecast looks positive:

The temperature Tuesday should reach a high of 83 degrees, with a 30-percent chance of showers. On Wednesday, the high should be about 78 degrees, with a 20-percent chance of showers.

Wind gusts may reach 25 mph on Wednesday night, but sustained winds should taper off to less than 10 mph by then, according to the weather service.

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