ORLANDO, Fla. — Update:
Two waves of rain and storms are pushing through Central Florida this weekend.
The first arrives this evening. After already triggering a tornado at Panama City Beach, a line of storms will be rolling into Central Florida this evening.
It will bring pockets of downpours, a few lightning strikes, and a threat of 40+ mph wind gusts and small hail. We’ll keep a close eye on this storms, as there’s an outside risk of a severe storm with damaging winds.
By morning, the weather looks quiet, but the next line of storms will be approaching for the late morning and early afternoon. Once again, downpours and lightning will be the primary concerns, with an additional risk of small hail and damaging winds. We’ll be watching these storms as well for any severe weather warnings.
The storms will bring beneficial rain, with some areas that may see more than 2 inches between both rounds of rain this weekend. Sunday will also be cooler and cloudier than Saturday, with rain as well.
Monday and Tuesday look quiet as well, as we wait for another unsettled pattern to develop later next week.
The storms rolling across the south brought a tornado to the Panama City Beach area.
It started as a strong line of storms tracking across the Florida Panhandle and nearby waters, over which a waterspout developed. The waterspout was captured on video on the waters off Panama City Beach this morning around 8:40 am CDT.
A waterspout is generally a tornado over water, so as the waterspout crossed onto land, the National Weather Service in Tallahassee issued a tornado warning for the Panama City Beach area. The waterspout moved ashore as a tornado and started causing damage.
Numerous structures were damaged with widespread tree and powerline damage.
These storms are developing ahead of a cold front sweeping across the South. They’ll bring a chance for scattered storms with an isolated severe storm threat in Central Florida late in the day Saturday and again Sunday.
Saturday starts off mild and will be hot and breezy this afternoon, with highs near the 90s for most of Central Florida.
Fire concerns will be elevated.
Scattered showers and storms are possible Saturday night after sunset.
Sunday we will see a bit more weather as showers and storms are expected to move through the morning and midday hours.
Severe weather threats remain low on Sunday.
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