• Heavy showers drop as much as 3 inches of rain on parts of Central Florida

    By: Irene Sans , Kevin Williams , Brian Shields , Rusty McCranie , Eboni Deon

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    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - 3:30 p.m. Saturday

    Flood advisories were issued for parts of southern Lake and western Orange counties as storms continued to drench an already saturated Central Florida. 

    Storms are expected to dump rain on Central Florida between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday. 

    According to the flood advisory, some areas that could experience flooding are Apopka, Ocoee, Winter Garden, Tavares and Mount Dora.

    The flood advisory is in effect until 4:30 p.m. 

    Eastern Seminole and central Volusia counties are also under a minor flood advisory until 4:15 p.m. 

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    Weekend's forecast

    The storms' pattern will change on Saturday, as the high over the Atlantic will skid west and the "tropical moisture highway" will be rechannel right over Florida. 

     

     

    Showers and storms during Saturday morning will be focused along the coast. By the beginning of the afternoon the storms will arrive to inland counties and continue to affect most of Central Florida during the rest of the afternoon. The rain-showers will gradually decrease after sunset. If you have plans outdoors inland, make sure to stay weather aware, lightning and torrential rain can arrive quick. 

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    The shower and storm pattern will be mainly south to north on Sunday. Showers will be present through the late morning and then, intermittent storms will develop starting early afternoon through the early evening.

     

     

    Threats

    Lightning will be the main threat this weekend. Lightning can strike 10 miles away from a thunderstorm's base, make sure to stay weather aware. 

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    This week some parts of Central Florida have received over 8 inches of rain. After this weekend, 12 inches of rain in total are possible. Expect amount to range between two to four inches through the weekend. With the already saturated ground, any showers could really produce flooding. Stay away from flooded roadways. Six inches of accumulated rain could make a car stall out and 12 inches can make most cars float away. 

    Watch Channel 9 Eyewitness News starting at 5 a.m. meteorologist Eboni Deon will be tracking the showers and thunderstorms developing across Central Florida.

    7:45 p.m.

    The sea breeze developed late on Friday afternoon, sparking storms, which have produced heavy rainfall amounts in a short period of time. Since the storms have parked over Lake County, extending to eastern Polk Co., expect rainfall to reach two to three inches within the next 2 hours from these areas. 

     

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