‘Painfully slow disturbance’ bringing wet weather to Central Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. — Update: Very light rain had started tracking into parts of Central Florida, and areas of rain will remain possible through the morning.

The disturbance in the Gulf, to the west of us, is still disorganized and still only has a 20% chance of tropical formation in the next 48 hours. Still, some slow organization is possible through the end of the week with a projected slow movement toward South Florida.

Areas of heavy rain that could lead to localized flooding in spots will be the main threat through Saturday.

Read our earlier version below:

A “painfully slow” low-pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico continues to produce disorganized showers and storms.


Certified meteorologist George Waldenberger said Wednesday that there is only a 20% chance that the disturbance will form into a named system or storm during the next two days.

But he said the system will bring lots of rain to Florida as it moves over the state and into The Bahamas.

Whether or not the system forms, our forecast will not change much.

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Areas of heavy rain are possible Wednesday evening through Thursday and into Friday.

Waldenberger said strong, isolated thunderstorms will be possible, and they could bring the risk of flooding in some areas.

While some of the rain will linger into Saturday, expect drier conditions Sunday and early next week.

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Waldenberger will provide live updates on the system on Channel 9 Eyewitness News.

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Jason Kelly

Jason Kelly, WFTV.com

Jason Kelly joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2014. He serves as the station's Digital Executive Producer.