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TIMELINE: Hail pounds Brevard County as afternoon storms pop up across Central Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. — Wednesday is a Weather Alert Day in Central Florida with severe storms expected to move through this afternoon. See live updates below:

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6:15 p.m. update

Chief Meteorologist Tom Terry said there are reports that golf ball-sized hail fell in Palm Bay near Rome Avenue and Nebraska Avenue this afternoon.


5:50 p.m. update

Central Middle School in West Melbourne shared photos of hail covering the campus courtyard.

5:45 p.m. update

Storms are currently dumping heavy rain in east Orange County, including the Christmas area.

5 p.m. update

Chief Meteorologist Tom Terry is tracking storms that are forecast to head into Clermont and Apopka. Storms are forecast to kick up in Orange and Lake counties starting closer to 6 p.m.

4:30 p.m. update

Chief meteorologist Tom Terry is tracking severe storms moving into Sanford and Seminole County.

Read: 9 things to know about tornadoes in Florida

3:50 p.m. update

Massive amounts of hail are pounding Interstate 95 at mile marker 181 in West Melbourne.

The immense hail has put traffic at a standstill. Click here to stream live video.

Hail piled up like snow along the interstate.

SEE: Hail pounds Brevard County

Chief meteorologist Tom Terry said the hail could be the size of tennis balls, and there is also a severe wind threat.

Terry will give live updates on the extreme hail event live on Channel 9 Eyewitness News at 4.


2:30 p.m. update

Orlando International Airport said airline operations may be impacted today due to the forecasted severe weather. You can click here to track airport delays.

2:20 p.m. update

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for all of Central Florida through 9 p.m.

Chief meteorologist Tom Terry said extremely cold air in the mid/upper atmosphere will make for unusually large hail threat up to baseball size (again), and gusty winds over 60 mph. There will be an isolated tornado threat as well.

Channel 9 meteorologists will be tracking the storms all afternoon. Stay tuned to Eyewitness News and follow our Severe Weather team on Twitter for updates:

Original story:

An old front hanging around Florida will help fuel afternoon thunderstorms Wednesday.

Central Florida will have good daytime heating before the storms fire up later Wednesday.

The high temperature in Orlando should reach around 84 degrees Wednesday afternoon.

Watch: Damaging hail, gusty winds expected Wednesday

Central Florida is forecast to have a 50% to 60% chance of storms today.

Afternoon and evening rain and storms could become severe.

Damaging hail and strong winds will be the biggest threat from the storms Wednesday.

Wednesday night will be partly cloudy with temperatures in the low 70s.

See: Baseball-sized hail, tree damage reported as storms move through Central Florida

Scattered afternoon storms remain through the end of the week.

Click here to watch live updates on your forecast 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.

Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.

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