Chantal, or what’s left of it, might not be much a rainmaker after all.
Because the bulk of Chantal's remnants now are expected to remain offshore, South and Central Florida should see less than an inch of rain between Friday and Sunday.
However, there still is the potential for some localized heavy rainfall, forecasters said.
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“Thunderstorms could easily produce 2 to 4 inches of rain,” meteorologist Kim Brabander of the National Weather Service said. “But it would be localized.”
Forecasters initially thought the remnants of the former tropical storm would generate 2-4 inches across South Florida and 1-3 inches in Central Florida.
The weather service now calls for a 60 percent chance of showers and storms Friday and Saturday. The rain chance eases to 50 percent on Sunday.
Central Florida's forecast: Partly sunny skies with a 50 percent chance of showers and storms Friday through Sunday.
“We should see a typical summer pattern,” Brabander said.
Today's forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of rain in South Florida, a 50 percent chance in Central Florida.
On Tuesday, Chantal was projected to approach Florida as a robust tropical storm. It degenerated on Wednesday in the Caribbean, after being attacked by wind shear and dry air.
The National Hurricane Center still is monitoring Chantal’s remnants, giving them a 30 percent chance of redeveloping over the next two days.