Weather Alert Day: We could see tropical storm-like conditions this weekend

ORLANDO, Fla. — Chief meteorologist Tom Terry on Wednesday afternoon declared a Weather Alert Day for both Saturday and Sunday.



Terry said a strong low will form in the Gulf of Mexico and move over Florida from late Saturday through early Sunday, bringing tropical storm-like conditions to Central Florida.

“This likely won’t be tropical in nature,” he said.

But we can expect to see 2 to 5 inches of rain, wind gusts in excess of 40 to 50 mph, coastal erosion and flooding, and wave run-up. A few tornadoes are also possible.

See preliminary timing below:

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Saturday afternoon

Expect increasing rain during the Cure Bowl as well as wave run-up and beach erosion along Central Florida’s coastline.

The storm threat will increase after Saturday’s sunset.

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Saturday evening

Heavy rain, wind gusts exceeding 40 to 50 mph and several tornadoes are possible as the Gulf low approaches.

Wave run-up and beach erosion is forecast along the coast, especially during high tide.

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Sunday morning

By this time, the Gulf low will likely have moved onshore and will be over open Atlantic waters later in the day.

There could be the threat for severe weather in the northern portions of our region, and we will still see some gusty and rainy conditions to start the day.

Download the free WFTV weather app to stay updated on the system as it develops.

And watch Terry’s full forecast live 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.

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