Weather Alert Day: Trees down, roofs damaged as storms roll across Central Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. — Channel 9 meteorologists declared Thursday a Weather Alert Day due to a big front sweeping through Central Florida, bringing with it a chance of damaging winds, small hail and isolated tornadoes.

Stay up to date with live updates below:


4:15 p.m. update

Chief meteorologist Tom Terry is in Severe Weather Center 9, tracking the outgoing storms and updating you on dropping temperatures.

Photos: Tress down, roofs damaged as storms roll across Central Florida

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2:30 p.m. update

Reports of several branches down and some roof damage reported in Seminole County.

In Maitland there were reports of a large tree down at Sandspur Road and Covewood Trail.

See map of location below:

1:50 p.m. update

Rain continues to come down through much of Central Florida.

A viewer sent in photos of a tree down in the Little Lake Conway area of Orange County after the strong line of storms blew through Orange County.

The National Weather Service still has marine warnings for Volusia and Brevard Counties until 3:45 p.m.

12:55 p.m. update

See the latest forecast from Meteorologist Rusty McCranie below:

12:25 p.m. update

Channel 9 meteorologist Kassandra Crimi said conditions are about to get stormy in the entire Orlando metro area. See the timing of the storms below:

12:15 p.m. update

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for portions of Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. The warning lasts until 12:45 p.m.

The warning covers Kissimmee, Orlando, Pine Hills and Sanford.

12:05 p.m. update

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for portions of Lake and Orange counties until 12:15 p.m.

The warning impacts Clermont, Minneola, Ocoee and Winter Garden.

11:30 a.m. update

Channel 9 meteorologist Rusty McCranie said a 53 mph wind gust was reported at the Daytona Beach Airport.

He said blinding rain, intense lightning and potentially damaging winds are possible in northern Volusia County.

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10:50 a.m. update

Meteorologist Brian Shields said the tornado warning has expired in Flagler County after a funnel cloud was spotted in the area. Shields said the worst of the storm has now moved offshore.

10:30 a.m. update

The tornado warning has been extended until 10:45 a.m. for Flagler County.

9:50 a.m. update

A tornado warning has been issued in Flagler County. Channel 9 is giving live coverage of the severe weather moving into Central Florida.

9:30 a.m. update

FAA officials said there is a Traffic Management Program in effect for air traffic arriving at Orlando International Airport due to weather and potential thunderstorms, which could include flight delays.

7:25 a.m. update

Channel 9 Meteorologist Brian Shields said a confirmed tornado was spotted in St. Johns County on Thursday morning. Shields said the tornado is crossing I-95 headed toward St. Augustine.

5:50 a.m. update

See the latest forecast from Meteorologist Brian Shields below:

4:30 a.m. update

Channel 9 meteorologist Brian Shields said showers and storms are set to move into Central Florida from the west to the east starting in Marion County around 9 a.m. and moving off the coast of Brevard County in the early evening.

Shields said gusty to damaging winds are possible, as well as small hail and an isolated risk of tornadoes.

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Behind the front, cooler weather awaits with highs on Friday and through the weekend in the 70s.

Stay tuned to Channel 9 Eyewitness News for live weather updates throughout the day.

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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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