TORNADO WATCH: Severe thunderstorms likely to barrel through metro Orlando

TORNADO WATCH: Severe thunderstorms likely to barrel through metro Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. — A tornado watch was issued for Central Florida until 3 a.m. This means conditions are favorable for tornadoes to develop. The line of thunderstorms will arrive in our northwestern counties around 10 p.m. and be by metro Orlando around midnight or shortly before.

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Tornado watches have been issued for Marion and Flagler counties until midnight tonight.

Chief meteorologist Tom Terry will be live tracking the system live on Channel 9 Eyewitness News. Click here to watch live.

  • Storms could turn severe as the cold front approaches Central Florida late this evening.
  • A line of storms will be pushing through overnight
  • Conditions are favorable for tornadoes to develop. Be sure to have at least three ways of receiving weather alerts and know what to do in case a tornado warning is issued for your location.

Know the difference: Tornado Warning vs. Tornado Watch

A strong low-pressure system accompanied by a cold front continues to trigger messy conditions across the Eastern U.S. Ice is expected for the Northeastern region of the U.S., along with snow. Rain could cause flooding for parts of the Mid-Atlantic and severe weather threatens the Southeast Thursday into early Friday morning.

In Central Florida, there is the chance for severe weather to arrive before midnight. Storms should be entering Marion County by 10 p.m. and be well aligned as the move to the east-southeast.

Shortly after midnight, storms should be entering Orange County. Although the line will be weakening as it moves toward South Florida, we still expect strong to severe storms to push over the entire Central Florida region. Once the line enters the Treasure coast, the severe threat diminishes. We forecast that the storms will have crossed Central Florida by sunrise Friday.


Storms could produce damaging wind gusts, downpours that could lead to some flooding and the chance for an isolated tornado. Have at least three ways of receiving weather alerts in case one is issued for your location.

Our team of meteorologists will continue to monitor the evolution of this system and the threats to Central Florida on, our free WFTV Weather App and on Channel 9.

Catch up on your 5-day forecast:

Toasty afternoon, stormy evening
Feb 6. Watching closely risk of severe weather tonight
6 feb. Pendientes al riesgo de tormentas severas esta noche

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