• Cloud, muggy overnight; more storms to close the work-week

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

    Updated:

    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - 11:30 p.m.

    As forecast, storms have diminished overnight, with only a few showers exiting Brevard County and moving offshore. Overcast skies overnight through Friday morning.

     

     

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    There could be some brief peeks of sunshine late Friday morning, which will spark thunderstorm development across Central Florida during the afternoon hours. Keep those umbrellas handy and your weather app near-by, storms could be strong to severe, produce multiple lightning, gusty winds and hail. 

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    Certified meteorologist Brian Shields will be live on Channel 9 starting at 5 a.m. updating the latest models and fine-tuning the timing of the storms for Friday afternoon. 

     

    7:45 p.m.

    Storms are slowly diminishing overnight. Scattered showers will be left until midnight, but they will be also decreasing in strength. Mostly cloudy skies overnight will hold the temperatures in the low-70s. 

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    Rainfall reached 7 inches in parts of eastern Hillsborough County and western Polk where the heavier showers were most persistent. 

    Watch WFTV Eyewitness News at 10 p.m. on TV 27 with certified chief meteorologist Tom Terry, he will be fine-tuning tomorrow's chance for storms.

    The tropical moisture will stay to close off the work-week. The highest chance for strong to severe storms will be starting around noon through the afternoon. There will be some brief periods of sunshine which will ignite the afternoon thunderstorms. Plenty of lightning, heavy rainfall, and the chance for hail. 

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    3:15 p.m.

    Storms have continued through the early afternoon hours, some lining up and extending all the way from northern Osceola through eastern Lake County sweeping through Orange county.
    The general movement of the storms are north but individual lines are moving to the north-northeast.

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    Once again, the storms could be dumping over 3 inches of rain in some areas, and wherever these storms become more persistent there could be up to 4.5 to 5 inches of rain by the end of the day today across Central Florida.

    Exercise caution on the roads today. The ground is becoming more saturated and the chance for flooding increases today as rainfall continues to add up. Avoid flooded roadways, the water could be deeper than expected and your car can stall or float away.

     

     

    Lightning and hail is possible with the storms affecting Central Florida Thursday afternoon. Head or stay indoors. If you hear thunder, you are close enough to get struck by lightning.

    On Wednesday, a 53-year-old woman was hit and killed by lightning in Parkland, Fla. It is the second lightning death in Florida for the year, and the third in the U.S.

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    The entire Sunshine state is lacking Sun today. Thick layers of clouds cover Florida with lots of moisture and instability, the storms are set to continue through the afternoon.

     

     

    Since there is not much heat, due to dominating clouds, the storms could end a bit earlier than yesterday. Scattered showers through early evening are possible. Temperatures today will struggle to reach the mid-80s, most neighborhoods staying in the upper-70s to low-80s.

    Watch WFTV Eyewitness News at 4 p.m. to track the storms with certified chief meteorologist Tom Terry.

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    11 a.m.

    Don’t leave your work or home during the midday hours without your umbrella: heavy rain and potentially severe storms are expected to move in early in the afternoon.

    If you hear thunder, it's best to stay indoors. 

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    Several areas will see one or two inches of additional rainfall, as well as strong winds and lightning.

     

    “Watch out for slick spots and ponding on roads,” Channel 9 meteorologist Rusty McCranie said.

    Meteorologist Brian Shields also says there is a small risk for a brief tornado.

    Watch WFTV Eyewitness News at 12 p.m. to track the storms with certified meteorologist Brian Shields.

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    8:30 a.m.

    Thursday's rain and storms will start firing earlier than they did Wednesday.

    Channel 9 Meteorologists Brian Shields and Rusty McCranie said Thursday's storms will move into the region around lunchtime, and will be widespread. Storms could continue into the evening rush.

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    Downpours, thunder, lightning and even an isolated tornado or waterspout are all possible.

    Watch WFTV Eyewitness News at 12 p.m. to track the storms with certified meteorologist Brian Shields.

    4:30 a.m.

    Thursday will bring more rain and storms to an already-soaked Central Florida.

    The morning commute could include a few showers, according to certified meteorologist Brian Shields. However, the greatest threat for showers and storms will be in the afternoon.

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    Shields said there is a 70 percent chance some of the storms could be strong or severe.

    Watch below: Meteorologist Brian Shields' full forecast:

    Watch WFTV Eyewitness News from 5 to 7 a.m. on Channel 9 and TV 27 from 7 to 9 a.m. to get weather and traffic updates every 10 minutes with certified meteorologist Rusty McCranie and traffic anchor Racquel Asa.

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    Thursday will mark the fifth day Central Florida has seen heavy rain or thunderstorms, causing isolated flooding and even a minor tornado Monday in Brevard County.

    Photos: Damage from waterspout in Merritt Island

    On Wednesday, a 53-year-old woman was hit and killed by lightning in Parkland, Fla. It is the second lightning death in Florida for the year, and the third in the U.S.

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    Watch below: Meteorologist Brian Shields' 5-Day Forecast:

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