ORLANDO, Fla. — A major storm system is moving toward Florida bringing with it several inches of rain, gusty winds and chilly temperatures.
11 p.m. update: Rain is already building south and off in the Gulf, and will make for a wet morning commute, with locally heavy rain becoming more prevalent by the afternoon.
Heaviest totals are expected at the coast and may also extend north of Orlando with 3 to 6 inches possible. Water run-up along the beaches is possible by high tide both Friday and Saturday, at roughly 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
7 p.m. update: Flood Watches are out for our coast as 3 to 6 inches of rain is expected with a big Florida-style Nor’Easter that will bring widespread rain and gusty winds over 40-50 MPH, especially late Friday and on Saturday, Channel 9 Certified Chief Meteorologist Tom Terry said.
Coastal flood advisories for rough seas and coastal erosion are in effect as well.
Winds start to really crank up Friday night and on Saturday, especially at the coast, with gusts over 50 mph possible.
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Channel 9 meteorologist Brian Shields said the front is set to arrive on Friday and impact Central Florida through Saturday.
He said starting Friday morning, rain and gusty winds will move in with the weather turning very wet Friday afternoon through Saturday morning.
With that, winds are expected to pick up with gusts on Friday night reaching over 40 mph in spots. By Saturday morning, those gusts could reach 50 mph, especially along the coast.
Shields said inland downed tree branches and sporadic power outages will be possible. At the coast, flooding, erosion, and spotty power outages are possible.
All of this will bring in much cooler weather this weekend. By Sunday morning, we’ll have temperatures dipping into the 40s and 50s.
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