In Key West, the Miami Herald reports 4.64 inches of rain has fallen since Wedensday and about a foot since Friday, flooding streets. Just to the north, a powerful EF-2 tornado with winds to 120 mph tore through Broward county Tuesday night, damaging 25 homes according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Hundreds of miles to the northwest, the Lake Michigan shoreline in Chicago is under a lakeshore flood warning through 4 p.m. CT Thursday due to predicted waves as high as 20-25 feet. Sustained winds of 30-35 mph with gusts as high as 55-60 mph, prompting a high wind warning, are forecast to drive the wave action.
High waves are already crashing along the shores of Lake Michigan today
AccuWeather discusses some possible impacts in the true-to-form Windy City:
“Lakeshore Drive, one of Chicago’s most traveled routes, could experience flooding due to the dangerous waves expected to crash onshore,” stated AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Brian Edwards.
“Some of Chicago’s nicest beaches could sustain damage,” Edwards continued.
Another possible weather trouble spot is the mid-Atlantic, under a slight risk of severe thunderstorms. A powerful jet stream, and turning winds with height threaten to trigger storms with damaging winds and even an isolated tornado. However, cool northeast winds (in the wake of a coastal low pressure system) in the Richmond to Baltimore corridor, including Washington, D.C., have stabilized the atmosphere limiting (but not necessarily eliminating) the severe weather potential there. If severe weather develops, it’s most likely to occur from the North Carolina Outer Banks through the Hampton Roads into the Delmarva Peninsula.