Rain, storms, cooler weather coming to Central Florida

Tornado touches down in Tampa; No damage in Orlando area

Published On: Feb 25 2013 07:13:24 AM EST   Updated On: Feb 26 2013 03:07:23 PM EST
Radar shows line of storms
ORLANDO, Fla. -

Weather warnings were issued Tuesday for several Central Florida counties as storms bringing heavy rain, strong winds and excessive lightning passed through the region.

Tornado warnings were posted earlier in the day for Flagler County and Lake County but were canceled by noon. 

A tornado watch for all of Central Florida expired three hours later, but a watch was re-issued for Orange County until 4 p.m.

"It's a huge storm system that stretches across the middle of the U.S. down to Florida," said Local 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges, who added that there was a 70 percent coverage area affected in Central Florida. 

No damage was reported in the Orlando area, but officials say a waterspout came ashore along Tampa's Harbour Island, causing minor roof damage.

Bay News 9 reports the National Weather Service confirmed the damage was caused by a tornado Tuesday morning.  The TV station also reported wind gusts of 91 mph were recorded in Cedar Key, along Florida's Gulf Coast, causing some downed trees.

After reaching the 80s in Orlando on Thursday, temps will gradually drop through the end of the week.  Rain chances diminish greatly for the rest of the week.

The high on Wednesday will hit 77 degrees, but weekend high temps will only be in the 60s.

"By the weekend, morning lows will drop into the 30s and 40s in Central Florida," Bridges said.

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