The week is getting off to a stormy start as strong storms soak Central Florida.
WFTV Channel 9 meteorologist Brian Shields said storms are likely throughout the afternoon on Monday. He said the storms are expected to bring gusty winds, downpours and lightning across the area.
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Shields said locals need to be ready to seek shelter if and when the weather takes a turn.
“If you hear thunder, get indoors,” he said.
STRONG TO SEVERE STORMS TODAY! Gusty winds and LOTS of lightning. Use caution! pic.twitter.com/kbmi0QgWXd— Brian Shields (@BShieldsWFTV) May 13, 2019
Meteorologist Rusty McCranie tracked morning storms that soaked areas in Marion, Volusia, Lake and Flagler counties.
McCranie said the majority of Monday’s storms will be coming in from the west.
Watch the five-day forecast below:
“They’ll continue to develop and move deeper into Central Florida throughout the morning,” he said.
McCranie said Central Florida can expect a severe thunderstorm watch across the area as storms roll in.
As of 11:25 a.m., the storms were already causing delays at Orlando International Airport.
Weather Alert ⛈— Orlando International Airport (@MCO) May 13, 2019
Storms in the area are causing local flight and baggage delays. Per FAA, arrivals are being delayed at their departure point. Continue to check the status of your flight with your airline. pic.twitter.com/HVNT9ErA90
The National Weather Service said a strong storm was moving in to the Windermere area just before noon bringing with it possibly nickle-sized hail.
11:42 am | Strong storm over Windermere, moving to the east at 25 mph. Gusts to 50 mph and nickel size hail possible. Includes Orlando, Orlovista, Pine Hills areas. #flwx— NWS Melbourne (@NWSMelbourne) May 13, 2019
The storms made their way to the metro-Orlando area just before noon.
Disorganized and broken line of storms chugging through Central #Florida now. Heavy rain, lightning, pockets of localized flooding possible in poor-drainage areas. We'll keep an eye out in case we get any warnings. #WFTV #FLwx #Orlando pic.twitter.com/S1mctCI58E— George Waldenberger (@GWaldenWFTV) May 13, 2019
There's the storm moving over downtown Orlando from the southwest. pic.twitter.com/y89G5P9e83— Rusty McCranie (@RMcCranieWFTV) May 13, 2019
Strong storm over Windermere producing very heavy rain and lightning will move right over downtown Orlando just after the top of the hour. pic.twitter.com/9USU4GNFew— Rusty McCranie (@RMcCranieWFTV) May 13, 2019
UPDATE: All of Central Florida has been upgraded to a Slight Risk of severe storms.— Rusty McCranie (@RMcCranieWFTV) May 13, 2019
Main Threats: Strong, damaging winds and coin-sized hail.
There is a very good chance a Severe Thunderstorm Watch will be issued for most of Central Florida. pic.twitter.com/gZF2B2wNYH
Storms are building and moving east. Stay alert if you are outdoors. If you hear thunder, please move inside. pic.twitter.com/QzVszlmCQq— Brian Shields (@BShieldsWFTV) May 13, 2019
Over 100 lightning strikes in the last 15 minutes... pic.twitter.com/nGHHaNr550— Brian Shields (@BShieldsWFTV) May 13, 2019
There are the storms already lining up in the western part of the state. They'll contnue to develop and move deeper into Central Florida through the morning hours.— Rusty McCranie (@RMcCranieWFTV) May 13, 2019
Lightning, heavy rain and gusty winds. pic.twitter.com/TdRTZRH4Cm
While it shows signs of weakening, this storm will race across Volusia and Flagler counties and move towards Ormond Beach in the next 20 minutes. pic.twitter.com/ChmizjAjuW— Rusty McCranie (@RMcCranieWFTV) May 13, 2019
Storms already ramping up in our NW areas. Here's one right over Belleview in Marion County.— Rusty McCranie (@RMcCranieWFTV) May 13, 2019
Heavy downpour, frequent lightning, and gusty winds.
More and more of these will pop up this morning. pic.twitter.com/Q2UjsHX3WC
Today’s storms will be strong - solid Florida downpours and gusty winds.— Brian Shields (@BShieldsWFTV) May 13, 2019
Be mindful of the lightning today. If you hear thunder, get indoors.— Brian Shields (@BShieldsWFTV) May 13, 2019
Rain & storms are on the way! It'll be a soggy start of the workweek across much of Florida. I'll see you on Channel 9! pic.twitter.com/UqaLmibEWv— Brian Shields (@BShieldsWFTV) May 13, 2019
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